Iowa DNR's Twitter Iowa DNR's Flicker Iowa DNR's YouTube Iowa DNR's Pinterest Iowa DNR's Facebook | Iowa Outdoors Magazine | News | Contact Us

Site Search  search button

EcoNewsWire

EcoNews Wire

Environmental news about water quality, air quality, waste management, energy and related topics including Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) agenda and minutes. EcoNewsWire is published every Thursday and will be posted on our website as both news releases and below for archival purposes.


An archived listing of the EcoNewsWire news packet can be found below:

EcoNewsWire Archive

     
 
 
   
   
 
 
     

EcoNewsWire Article Archive

DNR Seeks Input on Proposed Animal Feeding Rules
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Iowa DNR
DES MOINES – The DNR will host six public hearings and is asking for public input on proposed rule changes regarding concentrated animal feeding operations.

The proposed changes are required by state law and would bring Iowa’s requirements for concentrated animal feeding operations into compliance with federal regulations. The changes would also satisfy the terms of a work plan the DNR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed in September 2013.

The proposed rule changes would adopt federal regulations requiring confinements, or totally roofed, animal feeding operations that are concentrated animal feeding operations to comply with federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements. The changes would also require animal feeding operations that have NPDES permits to comply with federal setback requirements for land application of manure.

Iowans can comment in person or in writing at any of the following meetings:
  • May 6 at 6 p.m., Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Road, Mason City
  • May 7 at 6 p.m., Clay County Administration Building, Boardroom, 300 W. Fourth St., Spencer
  • May 8 at 6 p.m., Carroll County Courthouse, Meeting Room, 114 E. Sixth St., Carroll
  • May 9 at 10 a.m., Wallace State Office Building, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines
  • May 12 at 6 p.m., Northeast Iowa Community College, Dairy Center, Room 115, 1527 Highway 150 S., Calmar
  • May 13 at 6 p.m., Washington County Conservation Board, Education Center, Marr Park, 2943 Highway 92, Ainsworth.

Or, send written comments to Gene Tinker, Iowa DNR, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, or fax to 515-281-8895, or email Gene.Tinker@dnr.iowa.gov.

Comments must be received on or before May 13.

Find more information on EPA’s requirements on the AFO Rules page of the DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/ or at www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/AnimalFeedingOperations/AFORulesRegulations.aspx  


Menu