MPCA’s 401 for Line 3 upheld in appeals court

The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project withstood another challenge from opponents Monday.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by state pollution regulators to issue a water quality certification for the project.

Opponents say the court “failed” the people of Minnesota and the state’s natural resources.

The appeals court ruled that “substantial evidence” supported the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s approval of the section 401 certification.

The decision was made last November after thousands of public comments and included 35 conditions.

The 401 certification, per the Clean Water Act, mitigates pollutant discharge into public waterways.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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