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Published November 16, 2012, 05:17 PM

The amount of phosphorous in water is too high in Moorhead

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- An environmental group has effectively blocked the renewal of the licence of Moorhead's Waste Water treatment plant with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- An environmental group has effectively blocked the renewal of the licence of Moorhead's Waste Water treatment plant with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The amount of phosphorous in the water coming out of the plant is too high, according to the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Because the Red River flow into Lake Winnipeg, the say phosphorus levels need to be regulated by law and a border treaty with Canada.

"We were surprised not to see any kind of phosphorus limit. So we looked at the last 3 years and saw that the concentration average was 3.4 mg per liter and most facilities of this size in Minnesota have a limit of 1mg per liter."

It would likely cost Moorhead millions of dollars to add equipment to take out phosphorus. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will likely make a decision soon, on what the city will need to do.

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