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Water monitoring, contracts at Environmental Protection meeting Tuesday

DES MOINES—A presentation on water monitoring will head up the Environmental Protection Commission’s May 15 business meeting.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Room 116 of the Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E. Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public. Please submit requests to speak to Jerah Sheets at Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov or at 515-313-8909. Public comment will follow the presentation.

Several changes to the Iowa Administrative Code dealing with used oil and regional collection centers for household hazardous wastes are up for commissioners’ approval. The proposed updates will ensure consistency under Iowa laws and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rules.

Commissioners will be asked to approve several contracts, including the following designed to:

  • Protect drinking water at the source
  • Inspect specific small public water supplies in Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Johnson, Linn and Scott counties
  • Provide manure applicator certification training and testing materials
  • Audit participants of the Solid Waste Environmental Management Systems program as they work to reduce the environmental impacts of solid waste disposal.

In other action, DNR will ask commissioners to grant an award to Region XII Council of Governments to deliver the Iowa Waste Exchange program, designed to match unwanted materials with those who can use them.

Commissioners have an appointment at 11:30 a.m. to consider referring Recycling Services LLC of Atlantic, and Jason and David Wright, to the Attorney General’s office for enforcement due to alleged illegal disposal of trade wastes and other violations of Iowa law.  

The complete agenda follows:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Election of Officers
  • Approval of the Minutes
  • Monthly Reports
  • Iowa’s Water Monitoring Program Overview
  • Public Participation
  • Director’s Remarks
  • Notice of Intended Action: Chapter 119-Used Oil and Used Oil Filters; Chapter 123 – Regional Collection Centers and Mobile Unit Collection and Consolidation Centers; Chapter 144 – Household Hazardous Materials Education; Chapter 211 – Financial Assistance for the Collection of Household Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste from Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators; Chapter 214 – Household Hazardous Materials Program
  • Contract with Iowa Association of Soil Conservations District Commissioners, dba Conservation Districts of Iowa
  • Contracts with Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Johnson, Linn and Scott County Health Departments
  • Contract with Iowa State University
  • Region XII Council of Governments - Grant Awardee for delivery of the Iowa Waste Exchange program
  • Contract Amendment # 2 to Contract 16ESDLQBGOLD1 with Region XII Council of Governments
  • Referral to the Attorney General Jason and David Wright, dba Recycling Services LLC
  • General Discussion
  • Items for Next Month’s Meeting
  •          June 19 – EPC Business Meeting – Des Moines
  •          July 17 – EPC Business Meeting – Des Moines  

 

The complete agenda and item briefs are available on the DNR website.

Commissioners include: Ralph Lents, Menlo, chair; Joe Riding, Altoona, vice chair; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Mary Boote, Des Moines; Howard Hill, Cambridge; Harold Hommes, Windsor Heights; Rebecca Guinn, Bettendorf; and Bob Sinclair, Sigourney. Bruce Trautman is the acting director of the DNR. 

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