From Colorado News Agency (Debi Brazzale) via the La Junta Tribune-Democrat:
Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, would have prohibited the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission from establishing numeric standards for nitrogen and phosphorus levels that would then drive costly mitigation measures for wastewater treatment plants…
King told the panel that establishing numeric standards is paramount to “wasteful and arbitrary” regulation resulting from “speculative” decision making in anticipation of possible EPA mandates.
“The cost of implementation of such regulation on small and medium-sized communities will be staggering,” said King. “This is the ultimate in unfunded mandates.”
Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, said thwarting the state’s rule-making process on nutrient standards would stall efforts to address a growing concern. “This is such an important conversation—a timely conversation,” said Schwartz. “It would be a mistake if we didn’t move forward with a Colorado plan.”
More 2012 Colorado legislation coverage here.