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Iowa Utility Loses Novel Suit Seeking CWA Permits For Drainage Districts

March 20, 2017
A federal district court judge in Iowa has dismissed a novel suit brought by a local drinking water treatment plant that sought Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permits for local agricultural drainage districts to address excess nitrate pollution. A source close to the utility's challenge warns that officials will now be watching closely to see how the drainage districts work with lawmakers to develop a nutrient reduction strategy. “We'll be watching very carefully to see tangible results from the nutrient...

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