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Water sources update may affect animal siting in Iowa


April 3, 2008
By Manure Manager

Animal producers in Iowa planning
to build, modify or expand their confinement operations should check
for recent revisions in the list of major water sources.

    Animal producers in Iowa planning to build, modify or expand their confinement operations should check for recent revisions in the list of major water sources.

    New and expanding facilities must be built at least 1,000 feet from all major water sources. This separation distance is not new and it applies to proposed facilities of all sizes, even those with less than 500 animal units.

    “What is new for producers is the list of these major water sources was recently updated to correct some technical errors and increase consistency across the state,” said Gene Tinker, coordinator of animal feeding operations for the Iowa DNR.

    Tinker added that facilities that submitted a construction permit application or manure management plan (MMP) to the DNR prior to April 5 can use the list of major water sources that was in effect on the date of their submittal. For proposed facilities that do not need a construction permit or MMP, the date     that applies is when construction began.


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