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Topsoil Preservation Requirements for Construction to be Addressed in Public Hearing May 29
Posted: 05/15/2014
DES MOINES – The stakeholder group reviewing topsoil preservation requirements for construction activities, also known as the Executive Order (EO) 80 Stakeholder Group, will hold a public hearing May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Wallace State Office Building auditorium on second floor.

The hearing is in regard to alternatives to the four inches of topsoil requirement in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. 2 for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities.

The rule is effective until October 1, 2017, but concerns have been expressed by impacted individuals that the cost and impacts of the topsoil preservation requirements are greater than anticipated when implemented in 2012. The costs are borne by developers and home buyers.

To join the meeting via conference call, dial (866) 685-1580.  When the call is answered, follow the prompts by entering the conference code of 4510673319 followed by the pound sign (#).

The EO80 Stakeholders Group members are: Pat Sauer, Iowa Storm Water Education Program; Creighton Cox, Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines; Joe Pietruszynski of Hubbell Realty; Chip Classon, Jerry’s Homes; Lucy Hershberger, Forever Green Inc.; Mark Watkins, McAninch Corporation; and Chad Ingels, member of the Environmental Protection Commission.