DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state commission responsible for overseeing the environment has heard from more than 40 members of the grass-roots environmental group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement at its monthly meeting.
The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission heard 90 minutes of intense criticism from farmers and other rural residents who say the countryside is being inundated with smelly hog farms that spill manure tainting once clean rivers, streams, and lakes.
Speakers called on commissioners to require stepped up farm inspections, permits under the federal Clean Water Act, and increased fines. Many told the 9-member commission it was failing to fulfill its responsibilities.
Iowa DNR Director Chuck Gipp says many facts mentioned are incorrect. He says Iowa could do more to clean up its water and the state is working on it.