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November 15th is the deadline for Farmers to report Ammonia and Hydrogen Sulfide Releases from Animal Waste.

The EPA’s December 18, 2008 final rule exempted most farms from many reporting requirements in CERCLA and EPCRA. Exemptions were created under both EPCRA and CERCLA for emissions from animal waste for CERCLA and for smaller than CAFO-sized facilities under … Continue reading

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THE IOWA POLICY PROJECT’S DRAINAGE DISTRICT RECOMMENDATION — Flogging a Dead Horse

The term “flogging a dead horse” means to continue a particular endeavor that is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided. This term is appropriate for the recently publicized Iowa Policy Project (“IPP”) report finding that “drainage … Continue reading

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Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines, Iowa v. Sac County Board of Supervisors, et al.

On March 16, 2015, Des Moines Waterworks (“DMWW”) filed a Complaint in the Federal District Court for Northern Iowa against several drainage districts in Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac counties. A total of ten separate counts were alleged. Counts I … Continue reading

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Federal Court dismisses case against EPA in nutrient regulation suit

On December 15, 2015 the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a lawsuit by Gulf Restoration Network and other not-for-profit environmental organizations. Gulf Restoration Network v. Jackson (E.D. La. December 15, 2016) 12-677 Cross Motions for … Continue reading

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EPA releases video of the Animas River Disaster.

An interesting video montage of the Animas River disaster. The first half is the EPA’s explanation of how they created this problem. The second half is the actual creation of the disaster filmed while it happened. EPA’s data dump of … Continue reading

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Federal Court Rebuffs EPA’s Effort to Require Non-Discharging Confinement Operators to Obtain an NDPES Permit

Louis Alt operates a poultry farm in Hardy County, West Virginia. All of the birds and the litter is kept under roofs. The farm does not discharge process water to any stream and followed best management practices.  Nevertheless, the EPA … Continue reading

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DNR Suspends Chapter 133 Revision.

In 2013 the Iowa Department of Natural Resources launched an effort to revise Chapter 133 of section 567 of the Iowa Administrative Code. Chapter 133 is a woefully out of date remediation rule that predates all of the advances in … Continue reading

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