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Action Seeks Review Of State’s Water

The Idaho Conservation League says it will go to court in May if the Environmental Protection Agency fails to immediately review Idaho standards under the Clean Water Act.

The environmental organization filed the required 60-day notice of legal action on Monday, claiming that the EPA has never reviewed the state’s water standards since the federal law took effect in 1972. The law requires review every three years. A similar action was won by Arizona environmentalists.

The threat is similar to the one carried out by the league several years ago that resulted in a 1994 federal court order for stricter enforcement of legislation requiring an assessment of stream and lake water quality throughout the state and action to upgrade segments in decline.

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