Minn. Lawmaker Proposes Water-Rule Moratorium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Environmentalists fear a St. Cloud lawmaker’s proposals would weaken protection of Minnesota’s natural resources.

Republican Sen. John Pederson has proposed halting creation of new state water rules for two years. Pederson also is proposing closing two state tree nurseries in northern Minnesota and guiding state agencies in drafting clean-water standards for Lake Pepin in southeast Minnesota.

The St. Cloud Times reports those provisions were included in an omnibus environmental bill that passed the state Senate last month.

Pederson says his proposals will help the state save money without a cost to the environment.

But environmental groups worry it’s part of a Republican effort to roll back protections for Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and forests.

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  1. married to the truth says:

    So what is going on? O business as usuall. How about we go ahead with the clean water act that we started and once that is up a running let’s worry about other stuff. Did we forget we voted for that a few years back???? I guess so!

  2. Mr Smarty Pants says:

    Nice reporting.

    “proposed halting creation of new state water rules for two years” What new state water rules are they halting???

    “Pederson says his proposals will help the state save money without a cost to the environment.” How???

    “But environmental groups worry it’s part of a Republican effort to roll back protections for Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and forests.” How is a rollback for protections???

    I feel like I’m grading some 3rd graders homework assignment.

    1. M B says:

      Actually, I think you need to stop blaming the media and actually read the story.

      Pederson may not have elaborated on his “save money” comment. It’s pretty typical for politicians to make statements like that without any elaboration or explanation in order to mislead the public. He may also have been “drinking the party Kool-aid” and blindly following someone else without checking actual facts first.

      “How is a rollback for protections?” What are you saying here? You talk about grading a third grader’s paper but yours makes no sense either. If you mean “how does one rollback protections?” then it simply means that the Republicans are famous for trying to repeal environmental protections laws because those laws cost their big-corporations buddies money, and they do just about anything to help big business roll in the dough, even at the cost of the environment, the water, the people, etc. They basically want this to be another China, where profits are insane, people work for peanuts, and the environment is the last thing on their minds.

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