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EPC to consider CAFO rules at August 19 meeting in Des Moines
Posted: 07/31/2014

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission will consider adopting rules for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) at its Aug. 19 meeting.

Commissioners moved the meeting to the Wallace State Office Building Auditorium, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines.

If adopted, the rules will incorporate by reference the federal rules that require CAFOs to comply with national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permits. The Iowa Legislature directed adopting the federal rules. Adoption was also a condition of a work plan agreement signed between the DNR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sept.11, 2013.

The federal rules require confinement feeding operations that are CAFOs and discharge to waters of the U.S. to seek an NPDES permit. Generally, confinements are animal feeding operations that are totally roofed. The U.S. EPA defines a large CAFO as one that confines at least 1,000 cattle or cow/calf pairs, 700 mature dairy cattle, 2,500 finishing swine or 55,000 turkeys.

In other business, commissioners will be asked to approve contracts for watershed projects, statewide groundwater analysis and a food waste study.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with public comments to follow. At 1 p.m., commissioners will hear an appeal of a proposed contested case decision for P and J Pork, L.L.C. A demand for a hearing from Palo Alto County is scheduled for 2 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The complete agenda follows:

• Approval of Agenda
• Approval of Minutes
• State of Iowa Public Drinking Water Program 2013 Annual Compliance Report
• Monthly Reports
• Director’s Remarks
• Public Participation
• Adopted and Filed: Chapters 64 and 65-amendments requiring CAFOs to comply with NPDES permit requirements
• Contract with University of Iowa on behalf of the State Hygienic Laboratory for Ambient Groundwater Analytical Support
• Contract – Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Black Hawk Lake Watershed Project
• Contract – Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project: Phase 1B
• Water Supply: Water Use and Allocation Annual Permit Fee
• Contract with Iowa Waste Reduction Center for ICI Food Waste Study
• Appeal of Proposed Contested Case Decision – P and J PORK, L.L.C.
• Demand for Hearing – Palo Alto County
• General Discussion
   o EPC Business Meeting Format & Order
• Items for Next Month’s Meeting
   o Sept. 15 – EPC Education Tour, Sioux County
   o Sept. 16 – EPC Business Meeting, Sioux County
   o Oct. 21 – EPC Business Meeting, Windsor Heights

Find more information on the EPC agenda items at

The members of the commission are Mary Boote, Des Moines, chair; Max Smith, Knoxville, vice-chair; Nancy Couser, Nevada, secretary; Cindy Greiman, Garner; Chad Ingels, Randalia; Brent Rastetter, Ames; Bob Sinclair, Sigourney; Gene Ver Steeg, Inwood; and LaQuanda Hoskins, LeClaire. The director of the DNR is Chuck Gipp.

For more information contact Jerah Sheets at 515-313-8909 or