For over a year, the Iowa Environmental Council has been supportive of an effort to protect Iowa’s waters from harmful manure spills. We have advocated for strong protections of Iowa’s waters and compiled data on the harm manure spills have caused to Iowa’s waters.
The next chapter of this ongoing story takes place this month as Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission is working to complete required updates to Iowa’s rules governing how Clean Water Act permits are issued to agricultural facilities.
Under law, Iowa’s flexibility in this rulemaking is limited. Iowa code does not permit the rules to be more stringent than specific federal requirements, and so what has been proposed is simply directly incorporating federal policy into Iowa’s rules “by reference.”
A public comment period on the proposed rules is now open through May 13. According to the public notice for the rulemaking (which begins on page 24 of this .pdf), comments may be submitted using this method:
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before May 13, 2014. Written comments should be directed to Gene Tinker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; fax (515)281-8895; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, six public hearings are set related to this rulemaking from May 6 to May 13:
- May 6, 2014 6 p.m.
Lime Creek Nature Center
3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City
- May 7, 2014 6 p.m.
Clay County Administration Building Boardroom
300 W. 4th Street, Spencer
- May 8, 2014 6 p.m.
Carroll County Courthouse Meeting Room
114 E. 6th Street, Carroll
- May 9, 2014 11 a.m.
Wallace State Office Building Fourth Floor Conference Room
502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines
- May 12, 2014 6 p.m.
Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Center, Room 115
1527 Highway 150 South, Calmar
- May 13, 2014 6 p.m.
Washington County Conservation Board Education Center, Marr Park
2943 Highway 92, Ainsworth