EPA challenges claims in Herman Cain ad


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“Farm dust” regulation continues to be a hot topic in Iowa, partially due to new advertisements from GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. The radio and television ads claim that the EPA is trying to regulate dust produced during farming and methane from cattle. Continue reading

Blairstown dairy farm spills manure into Coon Creek


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Last Thursday an estimated 100,000 gallons of manure spilled out of a dairy farm near Blairstown into Coon Creek. This accident occurred when a contractor at Cedar Valley Farms punctured a manure transfer pipe. Although Coon Creek flows into the Iowa River, KCRG reports that it’s unlikely that the river will experience significant contamination:

Paul Sleeper, a DNR fishery biologist, said he will have to wait for the water to clear up more before he can tally up the number of fish killed. But he did visit the area where that creek tributary flows into the Iowa River near Marengo.

“We did go down there this (Friday) morning where it dumps into the Iowa River. At this time, we don’t see any impact. The Iowa River has a pretty good flow right now so we don’t anticipate any problems with that,” Sleeper said. Continue reading