US EPA sweeps Iowa’s water crisis under the rug

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a Clean Water Act “de-delegation petition,” which has been under consideration for more than 11 years. Iowans and environmental advocates say that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is neglecting its duties.

“EPA’s petition denial is a whitewashing of Iowa’s ongoing failure to regulate factory farms,” says Tarah Heinzen, Senior Staff Attorney at Food … [more…]

Bottled water, brought to you by fracking?

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The link between fracking and the bottled water industry is one more reason to take back the tap

The new Food & Water Watch report Take Back the Tap: The Big Business Hustle of Bottled Water details the deceit and trickery of the bottled water industry. Here’s one more angle to consider: The bottled water business is closely tied to fracking.

The report reveals that the majority of bottled water … [more…]

DNR scoring system fails to protect Iowa water, air, health

photo: DNR scoring system fails to protect Iowans' air, water, health

Dickinson County leaders are asking for a temporary moratorium on new animal-confinement operations. The “Master Matrix” is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scoring system designed to bring county government into the process of locating large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). It is supposed to protect neighbors and the environment but has proven to be an ineffective device that gives county supervisors very little to do or say. And

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