Minnesota native tribes sue EPA for looser water standards

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By Jonathan Capriel (July 18, 2022, 1:15 p.m. EDT) – Two Native American tribes in Minnesota are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it allows the state to adopt a lower water quality standard. strict law that could harm their reservations’ wildlife and crops, and are asking a federal judge to overturn the agency’s decision.

The two tribes, the Grand Portage Band and the Fond du Lac Band, said in the lawsuit that the EPA abused its discretion and violated the Clean Water Act when it approved state revisions to its standards. of water quality on October 8, 2021.

“The EPA’s approval of Minnesota’s revised water quality standards is contrary to the entire…

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