DNR seeks input on proposed animal feeding rules
DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. today, May 13, in the Conservation Education Center at Marr Park concerning proposed rule changes regarding concentrated animal feeding operations.
The proposed changes are required by state law and would bring Iowa's requirements for concentrated animal feeding operations 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 applications of manure.