The Department of Natural Resources will host six public hearings and is asking for public input on proposed rule changes regarding concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Locally, Winneshiek County residents can comment in person Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at Iowa’s Dairy Center in Calmar. Written comments will also be accepted during the meeting.
The proposed changes are required by state law and would bring Iowa’s requirements for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) 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.
Written comments can be sent 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 iowadnr.gov/afo/ or at iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/AnimalFeedingOperations/AFORulesRegulations.aspx