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Iowa Cattlemen's Association weighs in on proposed rule changes

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Running a clean farming operation is important. That's why livestock producers are weighing in on proposed rules in the state of Iowa.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, also known as NPDES permits, are issued to operations that don't properly eliminate manure waste.

This could be a threat to our waterways because the manure can make its way into rivers and lakes.

The NPDES permits are only for farmers who have bad inspections

But, some environmentalists would like to see these issued to all livestock producers to ensure cleaner waterways.

And, those with the Iowa Cattlemen's Association support the current rule system, and they say a large majority of producer members do pass the inspection and don't need this kind of permit.

They say people at the state level delegate the federal rules, but with the rule changes, it will make things official.

"It literally takes the code of federal regulations and puts it in the Iowa Department of Natural Resources rules, and that is because the state of Iowa cannot have any rule, or any law that is more strict than federal law," Director of Government Relations & Public Policy for the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Justin Stevenson said.

Right now, the rule is going through the public comment process, which ends next Tuesday, and then it will head to the administrative rules committee for a vote.

If it becomes official, the rules will be effective by the middle of July.

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