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Iowa votes against changes in approving CAFO sites

DNR commission votes down petition to change Iowa’s master matrix permitting process for large confined feeding operations.

Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) voted Sept. 18 before a packed crowd to deny a rule-making petition filed by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch to strengthen the master matrix – a scoring system established 15 years ago in Iowa for evaluating the site of permitted confinement concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Producers in counties that have adopted the matrix must meet higher standards than other permitted faci

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