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Lawmaker plans bill to stop DMWW lawsuit

By Staff | Sep 16, 2015

DES MOINES (AP) – A Republican state lawmaker from northwest Iowa says he’ll file legislation to block a Des Moines utility’s lawsuit over farm-caused water pollution.

State Se. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, said he’ll ask lawmakers to step in if Des Moines Water Works’ lawsuit against drainage officials in three rural counties isn’t resolved by the time the Legislature convenes in January.

But some lawmakers who were asked about Feenstra’s proposal say they would oppose the legislation.

A law professor who’s monitoring the lawsuit doesn’t think state lawmakers have the power to interrupt a federal lawsuit.

Des Moines Water Works filed the lawsuit in January over high nitrate levels in the Raccoon River.

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