Minnesota regulators propose changes in wild rice protection
August 20, 2017
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators announced proposed rule changes Monday designed to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution, but American Indian tribes and environmentalists criticized them as inadequate.
MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said the agency believes the proposed changes — coming after years of research and dozens of meetings — "are an innovative and precise approach to protecting wild rice."
"The proposal also allows for flexibility in permitting for facilities that discharge to wild rice waters," Stine said in a news release.
Native Americans consider wild r...