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There has been a lot of confusion regarding a “Green New Deal.” The fact that people are now talking about a greenhouse gas reduction measure (regardless of what it really means) is an astounding turn-around from just two years ago … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Chapter 133 is a woefully out of date remediation rule that predates all of the advances in … Continue reading
Iowa District Court Judge Rustin Davenport recently issued an order vacating the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) restitution assessment against Monroe Branstad, a Forest City, Iowa farmer. The case began in 2010 when the IDNR issued a restitution assessment … Continue reading