EPA backs water quality rules set by Northern Cheyenne Tribe

A view of Otter Creek at Ashland, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Photo from US Geological Survey

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved water quality standards issue by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the state of Montana.

Both the tribe and the state adopted rules to protect their rivers from wastewater produced during energy development, the Associated Press reported. The EPA determined that the standards are consistent with federal law, the AP said.

The tribe was granted treatment as state status in August 2006.

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