The rebuttal period is open from Thursday, August 16 until 4:30pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Groundwater Protection Rule (PDF: 328 KB / 26 pages)
Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) (PDF: 3.18 MB / 164 pages)
Notice of Hearing (PDF: 85 KB / 3 pages)
SONAR Appendixes (PDF: 15.73 MB / 208 pages)
Proposed Rule Changes Summary and Supplemental Text to the SONAR (PDF: 38 KB / 2 pages)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. The purpose of the rule is to minimize potential fertilizer sources of nitrate pollution to the state’s groundwater and protect our drinking water. This proposed rule reflects a revision of the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule that was released in June 2017. The MDA made changes to the June 2017 draft of the rule as a result of public feedback. A copy of the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness is available by clicking on the first link above.
The rebuttal comment period for the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule is open from August 16, 2018 until 4:30pm on August 22, 2018. All comments must be submitted in writing and must be submitted via the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) website. THE MDA WILL NOT ACCEPT WRITTEN COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED RULE. Written comments and oral comments have the same weight with the judge and all comments will be considered by the Judge when writing her report.
Five public hearings were held around the state where testimony could be provided before the Administrative Law Judge. These hearings were conducted by an Administrative Law Judge, through the Office of Administrative Hearings.
June 2017 Groundwater Protection Rule Draft
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Fertilizer Technical Unit Supervisor
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division