- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - State lawmakers and the Idaho Electrical Board are set to discuss the use of submersible pumps on lakes after Sen. Bob Nonini says his draft legislation on the issue caused some concerns with the board.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (http://bit.ly/21UsWZ6 ) that Nonini had been planning to introduce legislation that would allow lakefront property owners to continue using submersible pumps to irrigate their properties until they could be replaced by new technology. Nonini says he’s holding off on the bill after learning of concerns that lawmakers were going “over the head of the (electrical) board.”

Nonini says lawmakers will meet with the board Monday to “straighten things out.”

The legislation comes in response to the state’s plan to start phasing out submersible pumps for irrigation and, in some cases, drinking water.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com

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