Feb 25, 2014

Phosphorus Legislation Passes Both Houses

Last week the Clean Waters, Healthy Economy Act (Act) was passed by both houses of the Wisconsin legislature. This legislation discussed briefly in an earlier client alert, establishes the basis for creating a multi-discharger variance for point sources struggling to meet Wisconsin’s stringent numeric phosphorus water quality criteria. Assuming this legislation is signed by Governor Scott Walker and enacted into law, several other conditions must be met before it is available to permit holders. This client alert provides a brief preliminary overview of this legislation and what would need to happen before it could become available to permittees.

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