Montana must set timeline for meeting federal water quality standards, judge rules

News Type: State, Federal Source: Helena Independent Record
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A federal judge has ruled that a variance granted to discharges of nitrogen and phosphorus approved by the state of Montana and the Environmental Protection Agency partially violates the Clean Water Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris issued his order Monday in favor of the group Upper Missouri Waterkeeper in its case against the EPA and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Treasure State Resources Association, Montana League of Cities and Towns and National Association of Clean Water Agencies are also listed as intervenors on the case.