Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Iowa Terminates Nutrient Criteria Rulemaking

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will ask the Environmental Protection Commission to terminate the rule intended to establish nutrient water quality criteria for lakes to protect recreational uses. Public hearings and consultation with stakeholder groups indicated substantive changes needed to be made to the rule. DNR believes that the planned revisions will change the character of the rule enough to justify a new Notice of Intended Action. The changes will also require some additional research by the DNR making it impractical to amend the current notice. After conducting the research and consulting with stakeholder groups, the DNR will ask the commission to approve a new Notice of Intended Action.

The DNR has also cancelled the two remaining public hearings that were rescheduled for later in March.

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