Protesters demand public access to the state’s water quality meetings with the EPA


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Photo by Iowa Department of Education; Flickr

Approximately 12 Iowa citizens protestested yesterday outside of Governor Terry Branstad’s office demanding more public access to the state’s meetings with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding Iowa’s water quality.

The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement organization held signs and passed fliers Monday informing the public and the Governor that they would like more environmental group involvement in the state’s meetings with EPA. They say the Branstad administration is intentionally excluding environmental groups from the meetings while including agribusiness interests.

Branstad responded by saying “our approach is we want something that’s sensible and workable and something that is going to lead to protecting the water of our state and the environment of our state, and the people that are going to be directly affected by this need to be able to air their viewpoint.”

For more information about Monday’s protest and water quality in Iowa click here.

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