The action could prompt a lawsuit by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, according to a state hydrologist cited by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The agency first court action after city approvals last June, the Star Tribune reported, and Lakeland agreed to review the five requested variances again.
The outcome could set a precedent for whether local or state government makes the call in evaluating whether proposals meet federal requirements, the Star Tribune said.
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