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Green groups fighting Metro Water Dist over phosphorus limits not engaged in 'double-speak': Judge

Dan Churney Dec. 30, 2016, 12:57pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to sink a lawsuit by environmental activists alleging the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has polluted waterways with excessive levels of phosphorus, ruling the district failed to show the activists contradicted themselves, by arguing in state court environmental permits do not significantly restrict phosphorus discharges, while arguing in federal court the permits do impose such restrictions. 

Judge: Activists not yet proven Metro Water District behind 'unnatural' river plant growth

Jonathan Bilyk May 3, 2016, 5:56pm

A group of environmental action organizations appear to have more work ahead of them if they wish to persuade a federal judge that the region’s largest sewage treatment agency broke federal law and should be held responsible for what they have called unnatural levels of plant and algae growth in local rivers and streams, which the environmental groups claim is spurred by phosphorus in the treated water flowing from the agency’s sewage treatment plants.