This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowans’ concern over the DNR handling manure spills in the state. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
40 Iowa residents protested at a recent Iowa environmental protection commission meeting.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are demanding that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources do more to inspect and permit large livestock operations to prevent manure spills.
The number of livestock manure spills jumped 65 percent in 2013, totaling 76 spills across the state.
Along with potential contamination of drinking water, manure can severely harm river and stream ecosystems.
The group wants the state to require every large Iowa livestock operation to have a Clean Water Act permit — and assess stiffer fines and penalties against companies that have had manure spills.
The state agency has said its fines are limited at $10,000 unless a case is referred to the Iowa attorney general’s office for prosecution.
The state has said it tries to work with large livestock operations to prevent future spills.
To learn more about this issue, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.