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MPCA: More Analysis on Sulfate Standard Needed

Posted at: 03/12/2014 4:23 PM



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says more data analysis must be done to determine whether changes to the state's water quality standards are warranted to protect wild rice from sulfates.

The MPCA released its preliminary analysis of a two-year study on Wednesday.

The report makes no recommendations for changes at this time. It also suggests that current standards are within a range suitable for protecting wild rice.

MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine says the analysis only begins to look at the complexity of the subject and is not a final answer on water quality standards.

Stine says site specific standards may needed going forward.

MPCA is convening an expert panel to review the study and preliminary analysis, and will continue to seek feedback from all stakeholders before making final recommendations.

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