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Governor Dayton Vetoes Wild Rice Bill, Urges Compromise to Achieve Solution this Session

5/9/2018 11:48:47 AM

In 2011, the Minnesota Legislature directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop a new wild rice standard
ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today vetoed HF 3280, a bill regarding sulfate standards for waters used to produce wild rice. The following is a statement from Governor Dayton.
“Previously, I have urged Legislators to find a workable solution to Minnesota’s wild rice sulfate standards that would bring communities and businesses throughout Minnesota the regulatory certainty they need. Unfortunately, the bill sent to me, which would abolish any sulfate standard, is an extreme overreach. It would violate the federal Clean Water Act and ensure continued uncertainty from inevitable litigation.
“In 2011, the Legislature directed the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop a new sulfate standard, one that would both protect wild rice and also support jobs and economic development. In the remaining 12 days of this Legislative Session, I urge Legislators to forge that kind of responsible solution, which respects the federal law, provides needed regulatory certainty, and protects our priceless wild rice and water resources.”
To read Governor Dayton’s veto letter to Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt, CLICK HERE. 
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