US EPA Approves Missouri’s Innovative Approach to Limiting Nutrient Pollution



In December 2018, the US EPA approved Missouri’s standards for limiting nutrient pollution in lakes and reservoirs in the state. The Agency’s approval comes after years of past debate and litigation between US EPA and Missouri over the state’s approach to nutrient criteria and, notably, represents a reversal from US EPA’s Obama-era opposition to the state’s proposed standards. It is likely that Missouri’s framework will be used as guidance by other states in developing their approaches to lake and reservoir nutrient pollution, and it may be that US EPA’s approval will embolden states to deviate from the federally-recommended numeric nutrient criteria and develop customized plans.

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