Time to take stand on zoning for livestock

IOWA - The need for Iowans to demand local control of zoning for livestock has never been more urgent.
calendar icon 14 August 2006
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Action by a bipartisan legislative panel last week shows continuing and blatant disregard for balancing the interests of the industry and the environment — even after two straight years of record construction of livestock confinements.

The Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee voted Tuesday to formally object to a rule that gives the Iowa Department of Natural Resources limited discretion to decide where proposed large-scale operations may locate.

The objection means the committee disputes whether the rule is in keeping with state law, which invites a legal challenge. But the rule still will take effect Aug. 23.

The 2006 Legislature had moved to block the rule, but Gov. Tom Vilsack vetoed the bill.

Source: DesMoinesRegister
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