After long years of work in collaboration with Chippewa/Ojibwe Bands, the 1854 Treaty Authority, scientific experts and many dedicated citizens, an Administrative Law Judge with the concurrence of the Chief Judge has DISAPPROVED the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s proposal to eliminate Minnesota’s existing wild rice sulfate standard of 10 mg/L and restrict the wild rice waters to which a sulfate limit applies. WE WON!

The ALJ cited concerns about preventing increased mercury methylation as well as further harm to wild rice, applied both state and federal law and recognized the burdens that would be placed on Native American communities if the wild rice sulfate rule were changed. 

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