IEC Files Petition to Protect Iowa Lakes

On November 1, Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) and Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) filed a petition asking Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish and enforce numeric criteria for significant Iowa lakes. The petition was filed with Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), the agency that will then make a recommendation to DNR to […]

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Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Freshwaters

EPA approves two methods to determine whether a waterbody is impaired:  narrative and numeric. Narrative criteria are subjective. Numeric criteria are not. Narrative criteria are difficult to enforce. Numeric criteria – much less so. This fact is known by the EPA, but the agency – to date – has not assumed the responsibility to establish […]

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“Decades of Delay” Report Urges EPA to Protect Mississippi River

Mississippi River – The Mississippi River Collaborative (MRC) today released a report that implores the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take specific actions to regulate excess nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in state waters along the Mississippi River because those 10 states haven’t achieved any significant pollution reductions on their own. MRC, a partnership of […]

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MRC Groups Fight Georgia-Pacific Permit

In Crossett, Arkansas, Mississippi River Collaborative groups, among others, have been fighting EPA for its approval of a permit for a Georgia-Pacific paper plant that they believe is polluting waterways. The permit for that plant, which is privately owned by the Koch brothers, is due to be reissued soon, and the EPA and Arkansas Department of […]

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Court Rules EPA Accountable under APA

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on April 7, 2015 in Gulf Restoration Network et al. v. McCarthy. At issue is EPA’s refusal to make a determination as to whether or not limits on nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are necessary under the Clean Water Act and, if limits are necessary, to set […]

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City of Hattiesburg Must Clean Up Wastewater

Hattiesburg, MS– On September 29, 2014, Judge Keith Starrett of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi signed a consent judgment between Mississippi River Collaborative organizations (Gulf Restoration Network, represented by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic), the City of Hattiesburg and the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality to settle GRN’s suit against […]

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