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Cuts to Iowa DNR mean reduced CAFO inspections


June 6, 2011
By WQAD

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Cuts to Iowa DNR mean reduced CAFO inspections

Budget cuts have forced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to
inspect livestock operations less frequently and some argue that could lead to
more problems with manure runoff.

June 6, 2011, Des Moines,
IA — Budget cuts have forced the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to
inspect livestock operations less frequently and some argue that could lead to
more problems with manure runoff.

Wayne Gieselman, who heads
compliance efforts for the DNR, says the number of inspectors who visit large
animal confinement operations has dropped from 23 to 12 since he began working
for the agency six years ago. The reduction means large earthen basins that
hold livestock waste are only inspected every three years, rather than every year
as required.

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