Iowa Environmental Council sues EPA over water quality


Gulf of Mexico. Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, Flickr.

The Iowa Environmental Council and other environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency. They hope that legal action will prompt the EPA to put limits on the levels of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in Iowa’s waterways.

This pollution hurts Iowa’s water quality, and also contributes to the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone.

The lawsuit challenges the EPA’s denial of a 2008 petition requesting limits on nitrogen and phosphorous, as well as cleanup plans for the pollution.

Read the full press release from the Iowa Environmental Council here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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