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EPA Approves Wisconsin’s Variance For Phosphorus Water Quality Limits

February 15, 2017
EPA has approved Wisconsin's request to grant dischargers a 10-year variance from stringent water quality standards, a move that many states have been awaiting in the hopes that it will provide a model for how they can provide flexibility for dischargers while still addressing nutrient pollution of waterbodies. An EPA Region 5 spokeswoman says the agency approved the multi-discharger variance (MDV) Feb. 6, “after determining it is consistent with all relevant requirements of the Clean Water Act and federal regulations.”...


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