Today the Iowa House Republicans have rolled out their first bill, the Taxpayers First Act. Since we have a legislature divided between Republicans and Democrats, it is hard to know how much, if any, of this bill will make it throught the legislature. However, it is interesting to see from the outset what is likely [...]
Today the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and the Iowa Water Environment Association filed a petition for judicial review and request for stay of agency action in the Polk County, Iowa district court. Defendants in the lawsuit include the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources [...]
April 12, 2010 . Lincolnway Energy, LLC, agreed to pay $176,750 in civil penalties for air pollution and water pollution violations at Lincolnway’s ethanol production plant in Nevada, Iowa.
The state lawsuit alleged Lincolnway violated air pollution control regulations by:
Emitting air pollutants, including particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, in excess of permitted limits on [...]
House File 2324 is on a very fast track. It was introduced on the 8th by Zirkelbach, immediately referred to Ag, referred to a subcommittee on the 9th and the committee report recommending passage was issued that same day. I see that penalties for air violations are referenced in the explanation but I cannot find [...]
Water quality, or lack thereof, has received a staring role in the press during the last several years, a position that has been challenged only recently by ethanol. After several years of massive changes in the water quality program, the DNR is now shifting to a “fill in the details” phase. As [...]
Excerpted from the Iowa Attorney General’s Website.
Muscatine County District Court Judge J. Hobart Darbyshire entered judgment today against Grain Processing Corporation, assessing a $538,000 civil penalty for air pollution control violations and requiring other measures to prevent air pollution in the future.
Grain Processing Corporation processes grain into ethanol and various feed and food [...]
(From AG’s website)
DES MOINES. The Attorney General’s Office filed six lawsuits around the state Wednesday to enforce Iowa law and environmental regulations concerning underground storage tanks used to hold gasoline and other petroleum products.
In each case, owners or operators had failed to comply with attempts by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) [...]
(Extracted from Iowa Attorney General’s Office Website)
DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller said today that Lee County District Court Judge Mary Ann Brown has entered judgment against Roquette America, Inc., assessing a $560,000 civil penalty for air pollution violations at Roquette’s corn wet milling facility in Keokuk.
The Court’s order is contained in a [...]
(From Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee Digest)
Animal feeding operations: major water source, IAB Vol. XXVIII, No. 10, ARC 4652B, NOTICE.
The EPC proposes to update its list of streams and rivers that constitute a “major water source”; this term is defined in Â§459.102(33) as: “a water â€¦ capable of supporting a floating vessel [...]
Although only counties have regulatory authority over wind siting, the group may recommend a voluntary set of guidelines wind developers should follow when siting turbines in sensitive areas, to allow for maximum economic development in the state with minimum impact on wildlife. [...]