Last year, DNR director Chuck Gipp told Governor Branstad about the EPA’s proposed plan for inspecting large livestock operations. According to Gipp, the plan would require 11 new livestock inspectors in Iowa.
Branstad has decided to put only five new inspectors into his budget. Some environmentalists feel that this is not enough personnel to properly inspect livestock operations. There’s also a risk that the EPA will take over inspections if they don’t feel the job is being done thoroughly.
The governor believes that five new inspectors are enough, and that it would not be fiscally responsible to add more.
The major environmental concern with large livestock operations is the possibility for manure to enter Iowa’s waterways.
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