Supreme Court 04.02.09

The Supreme Court released its opinion in the Alexandria water-treatment plant NPDES permit dispute.  Jusitices Paul Anderson and Alan Page dissent from the ruling, which reverses the Court of Appeals and reinstates the water plant’s permit.  The Supreme Court found ambiguity in the controlling regulations, sufficient to give the MPCA room to “reasonably interpret” the rules into a permit that allowed further phosphorus discharge into a phosphorus-impaired water body.  The opinion, with dissents, is 49 pages.

The Court also released decisions on petitions for review, and granted review of S.M. Hentges v. Mensing, in which the Court of Appeals applied the multi-unit housing exception to the mechanic’s lien notice statute to a single-family subdivision project (of 5 houses).

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