AITKIN, MN — Minnesota Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter rejected Thursday the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) proposed rule change to the sulfate wild rice sulfate water quality standard in the state. Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, Vice Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Mining, Forestry, and Tourism.
“It is good news that Judge Schlatter listened to those who raised significant concerns about the proposed rules,” Lueck said. “The MPCA’s proposal lacked the sound scientific support that should be the basis for any changes, created uncertainty for permit-holders throughout the state, and would have been an unworkable barrier to job creation and the very existence of mining in Minnesota. What we need now is for the MPCA to work toward the repeal of the existing, outdated standard, and to come up with innovative ways to reach the goal of having thriving wild rice beds – which may or may not necessarily include a water quality standard.”