Iowa wastewater systems in limbo as new rules await EPA approval
April 19, 2010
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which has regulatory authority
over Iowa's municipal wastewater systems
, is waiting for the EPA to approve new anti-degradation rules
imposed by state law on February 17th. The EPA is supposed to approve those water quality standards within 60 days or disapprove them within 90, but it hasn't yet -- which means that any plants being designed or upgraded to meet the new standards have no guarantee at present that they're going to be allowable under the pending law. This kind of uncertainty, of course, leads to both confusion and anxiety among the water-quality professionals who are trying to ensure that Iowa's natural waterways remain safe and healthy for use.
last revised April 2010