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Hearings set for animal feeding rules

Lyon County Reporter of Rock Rapids, Iowa

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on a proposal that would update rules affecting livestock and poultry operations in the state.

The proposed rules incorporate new legislation that would limit winter land application of liquid manure, set requirements for stockpiling, and clarify existing laws or make corrections to existing rules.

"Producers may be especially interested in the sections that address recent law changes that are already in effect," said Gene Tinker, DNR coordinator of animal feeding operations. "These sections would include limiting the surface application of liquid manure on snow-covered or frozen ground if it came from a totally roofed confinement large enough to need a manure management plan, and stockpiling."

Both the proposed rules and the 2009 legislation can be found on the DNR animal feeding operations web site (www.iowadnr.gov/afo/newrules.html).

People are invited to make oral comments on the proposed rule at a public hearing Jan. 12, 4:30 p.m. in the Orange City gymnasium, 125 Central Ave SE.

Written comments can be handed in at the hearings or be submitted no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 1 to Gene Tinker, DNR, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines 50319 or faxed to 515-281-8895 or e-mailed to gene.tinker@dnr.iowa.gov.

The DNR will consider public input related to the rule proposal. Based on that input, staff may revise the rule proposal. Once any changes are made, the state Environmental Protection Commission will decide to approve, modify or disapprove the final rule.

Changes can and do occur in proposed rules until the final rule has been approved by the Environmental Protection Commission and published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin.



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Original Publication Date: January 6, 2010



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