OMAHA (DTN) -- Agriculture drainage tile would no longer be exempt as a pollution point-source in Minnesota if the state takes to heart a suggestion from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.
The federal Clean Water Act currently does not consider agriculture drainage tile as a point source. The Wetlands Conservation Act in Minnesota contains the same exemption.
Farm interest groups for decades have fought to maintain the exemption for fear that producers would be subject to increased costs from Clean Water Act permitting and potential lawsuits.
In an Oct. 18 letter to John Jaschke, executive director of the ...