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Is groundwater always drinking water? Minnesota Supreme Court considers Minntac permit case


November 11, 2020
By Duluth News Tribune

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Minnesota – The Minnesota Supreme Court is weighing whether the groundwater around the U.S. Steel’s leaking Minntac tailings basin should be regulated as drinking water, and the state’s regulators say the outcome could have vast impacts on other water permits throughout the state.

At issue is whether the Minnesota Court of Appeals erred last year when it concluded drinking-water standards do not apply to groundwater and, therefore, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency can’t issue permits with conditions setting groundwater as that class of drinking water. The Duluth News Tribune reports. | READ MORE

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