Counties Sign Up Now to Evaluate Animal Confinement Sites
DES MOINES – Counties interested in evaluating proposed confinement facility locations must adopt and file a construction evaluation resolution, then submit the resolution to the DNR between Jan. 1 and 31.
About 87 counties pass a resolution each year, allowing the county to review the master matrix for totally roofed animal feeding operations that need a construction permit before building.
“This is an opportunity for counties to provide input to producers on site selection, and the type of structures and facility management being proposed,” said Gene Tinker, the DNR’s animal feeding operations coordinator. “County supervisors can review and comment on the master matrix that producers submit.”
Producers in counties that file the resolutions must meet higher standards than other permitted sites. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce effects on the environment and the community.
Counties that participate in the master matrix process may accompany the DNR on site visits to proposed locations. The county board of supervisors may also appeal the DNR’s preliminary approval of a permit to the Environmental Protection Commission.
Mail resolutions between Jan. 1 and 31 to Jerah Sheets at the DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319 or fax it to 515-281-6794. Sign-ups occur annually during the month of January for the upcoming February through January.
For more information on which counties have adopted resolutions, check the DNR website under animal feeding operations at www.iowadnr.gov/afo. Look under Confinements - Construction Requirements – Permitted - Master Matrix or www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/AnimalFeedingOperations/Confinements/ConstructionRequirements/Permitted/MasterMatrix.aspx.
Additional information for counties is available on the Iowa State Association of Counties website at www.iowacounties.org under master matrix – construction evaluation.