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ANKENY – Contracts for solid waste, watershed planning and water monitoring top the agenda for the March 15 meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission in Ankeny.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Iowa Laboratory Facility Conference Center, 2240 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny. Public comments will follow a presentation on a public water quality survey. Or, people may submit written comments to the commission by mail or email to Jerah Sheets, Jerah.Sheets@dnr.iowa.gov before the meeting.
Also on the agenda, commissioners will review the air quality budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in July. New this year -- after extensive stakeholder input -- DNR is collecting fees to process construction and operating permits, and support asbestos programs. The fees are expected to defray funding shortfalls as revenues based on pollutant emissions have steadily decreased. The permitting program ensures facilities can meet federal air quality standards to protect public health.
Commissioners will be asked to approve going forward with changes in the animal feeding operations rule, which would incorporate recent legislation. The proposed rule would also allow marketing solids from open feedlots as bulk dry animal nutrients, better define public use areas, update the lakes list and clarify how to measure separation distances and landowner waivers of separation distances.
In addition, at 1 p.m. the EPC will rule on a referral of Sunrise Farms, Inc., to the attorney general’s office for violations of wastewater and animal feeding operations rules.
At 2 p.m. the University of Iowa will offer commissioners a tour of the state hygienic laboratory. The tour is open to the public.
The complete agenda follows:
o April 18 – EPC Educational Tour, Iowa County
o April 19 – EPC Business Meeting, Iowa County
o May 17 – EPC Business Meeting, Windsor Heights
For agenda details, see: www.iowadnr.gov/epc. Commissioners include Mary Boote, Des Moines, chair; Chad Ingels, Randalia, vice chair; Cindy Greiman, Garner, secretary; Nancy Couser, Nevada; Bob Sinclair, Sigourney; Gene Ver Steeg, Inwood; LaQuanda Hoskins, Bettendorf; Ralph Lents, Menlo; and Joe Riding, Altoona. Chuck Gipp is the director of the DNR.