MO Attorney General Takes Stand Against Overbuilt Levees

By on May 18, 2017

From The Telegraph:  The Attorney General of Missouri has come out in opposition to proposed new levee rules which, he says, “could have devastating consequences for communities on both sides of the Mississippi River.”

In a letter dated last week to Loren Wobig, an Office of Water Resources executive with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Attorney General Josh Hawley said he was very concerned the proposed rules would retroactively absolve Illinois levee districts which have illegally raised their levees, allowing them to build as their levees to unlimited heights.

“In particular, the proposed amendments could have the effect of ratifying or ‘grandfathering’ previously overbuilt levees and floodwalls, and to exempt certain overbuilt structures from future regulatory oversight,” Hawley wrote. “Such regulatory changes would reward past misconduct, hamper efforts to bring overbuilt levees in compliance, and threaten Missouri and Illinois communities.”

The Attorney General of Missouri has come out in opposition to proposed new levee rules which, he says, “could have devastating consequences for communities on both sides of the Mississippi River.”

In a letter dated last week to Loren Wobig, an Office of Water Resources executive with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Attorney General Josh Hawley said he was very concerned the proposed rules would retroactively absolve Illinois levee districts which have illegally raised their levees, allowing them to build as their levees to unlimited heights.

“In particular, the proposed amendments could have the effect of ratifying or ‘grandfathering’ previously overbuilt levees and floodwalls, and to exempt certain overbuilt structures from future regulatory oversight,” Hawley wrote. “Such regulatory changes would reward past misconduct, hamper efforts to bring overbuilt levees in compliance, and threaten Missouri and Illinois communities.”

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