The table below includes a timeline for the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule.
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|June 2017||Draft rule released for an informal public comment period.|
|Summer 2017||Seventeen public listening sessions and multiple stakeholder group meetings held around the state in order to explain the draft rule, listen to concerns, and collect comments.|
|Fall 2017/Winter 2018||MDA staff reviews comments and revises the proposed rule.|
|March 2018||The Governor and MDA Commissioner hold a press conference to announce the framework of the proposed rule.|
|April 23, 2018||MDA staff completes the proposed rule and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR). MDA begins outreach to stakeholders to explain the content of the proposed rule.|
|April 30, 2018||MDA publishes the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule and SONAR. The comment period is open for 80 days until July 31, 2018.|
|Summer 2018||The MDA holds eight informational meetings around the state.
Hearings are held at five locations throughout the state before an Administrative Law Judge.
|Fall 2018||Administrative Law Judge completes report, gives MDA time to respond.|
|December 2018||Commissioner signs order adopting rule. MDA submits the final Groundwater Protection Rule to the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, and the Governor.|
|January 2020||Fall fertilizer application prohibition goes into effect.|