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Presentations and Contracts on November Environmental Commission Agenda

WINDSOR HEIGHTS – A presentation on livestock and poultry permits will lead off at the 10 a.m. meeting of the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission Nov. 17 at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau, 7900 Hickman Road in Windsor Heights.

DNR staff will discuss state and federal requirements for animal feeding operations, including when facilities must seek a construction permit or have a permit to discharge, known as a national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit.

The regular meeting is open to the public. Time for public comments follows the presentation. People may also submit written comments to the commission by mail or email to Jerah Sheets,, in advance of the meeting.

Also on the agenda, commissioners will be asked to approve a study that could lead to improved recycling opportunities for rural Iowans. Contractors would evaluate the feasibility of using many small collection points (spokes) that deliver collected materials to a central hub for processing and marketing. Such a hub and spoke system could help overcome challenges in Iowa’s rural areas where lower recyclable volumes and long distances increase the cost of recycling.
At 1 p.m., commissioners will reconsider a decision on whether the Plum Creek Wildlife Area is a public use area, regarding the P & J Pork case returned by the Kossuth County District Court.

The complete agenda follows :
Agenda Topics
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
Monthly Reports
Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) Program Overview
Public Participation
Director’s Remarks
Solid Waste Environmental Management System Program’s Grant Award Criteria-Update
Contract with SCS Engineers for Hub and Spoke Recycling Study
Adopted and Filed – Chapter 209 – Landfill Alternatives Financial Assistance
2016 EPC Dates
General Discussion
  Rathbun Lake Alliance – Protect Rathbun Lake: Landowner Participation and Watershed Best Practices Summary
Items for Next Month’s Meeting
  Dec. 15 – EPC Business Meeting, Windsor Heights
Reconsideration Kossuth County District Court ruling – Kossuth County v. Iowa DNR et al

For agenda details, see: 

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