Judge Allows Challenge To Wild Rice Protections

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge is allowing a lawsuit to go forward that challenges Minnesota’s water quality standards for protecting wild rice.

Ramsey County District Judge Gregg Johnson on Thursday denied an environmental group’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He says WaterLegacy failed to meet the legal thresholds required to get the case dismissed.

Chamber attorney Thaddeus Lightfoot says the ruling means their challenge can go forward.

The Chamber contends the state is improperly applying the wild rice rule, which limits sulfate discharges into waters where wild rice grows. It’s an issue as plans advance for copper mining in northeastern Minnesota.

WaterLegacy attorney Paula Maccabee says she’ll still have ample opportunities to argue the rule is valid and the state is appropriately enforcing it.

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  • Iconoclast

    Anybody else getting tired of hearing about the natural environment getting the shaft? The extractive economy is just temporary and as soon as it all goes south the guys who made a ton of money off it are gonna be the ones with the well protected homes very far from you and the pollution. Might wanna tell them you aren’t gonna be part of it any more.

  • Victim Du Jour

    You don’t see environmentalists giving up Thier modern amenities to save the environment.

    Blaming corporate greed for everything is like a dumb pothead surfer dude using the F-word too much.

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