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Iowa DNR continues to take reporting calls on new air quality rule


January 21, 2009
By Iowa Department of Natural Resources

January 21, 2009, Des Moines, IA — The Iowa Department of Natural
Resources is encouraging large livestock and poultry producers to
continue to call and report air releases of ammonia and hydrogen
sulfide as required by a new federal rule.

January 21, 2009, Des Moines, IA — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is encouraging large livestock and poultry producers to continue to call and report air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as required by a new federal rule.

Producers who missed the January 20 reporting deadline should continue to call and not fear a $25,000 fine for late reporting.

“We’ve had a large response to the new rule from producers, and we are working hard to keep up with the volume of calls,” said Kathy Lee with the Iowa DNR’s emergency response section. “We appreciate producers’ patience with us as we continue to catch up on calls. It’s more important to report.”

The Iowa DNR estimates that about 2,000 livestock or poultry operations could be required to report.

The new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires only large animal feeding operations to report air releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide to state and local agencies. It exempts smaller livestock and poultry facilities from reporting under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act.

Producers should call the Iowa DNR at (515) 281-8694 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All reporting should be done through this main number, not through Iowa DNR field offices.

If a technical specialist is not available, producers can give their contact information to a receptionist and a technical specialist will return their call within a few days.

The federal requirement applies to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) — generally those with more than 2,500 finishing hogs, 700 mature dairy cows or 1,000 cattle. Poultry operations with more than 125,000 broilers or 82,000 layers on dry litter, 30,000 broilers or layers on wet litter, or 55,000 turkeys are also affected.

The Iowa DNR is working with livestock groups to provide reporting forms and information.

More information on the rule can be found on the EPA website.

Information on how to calculate emissions can be found through:

Within 30 days of calling the Iowa DNR, producers must submit a continuous release form to Iowa DNR – Emergency Response, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

The form is available at http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/docs/chem/cont_rel/Continuous%20Release%20Form.pdf.

Instructions can be found at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/release/faciliti.htm.


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