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... we do to our environment, it eventually comes back to impact us so if we pollute our rivers and our land, then we're eventually going to be eating food that comes from that land and drinking water that comes from those rivers," said Elizabeth Mackenzie, the recycling coordinator at the University of Iowa.
Catharine Fitzsimmons, the chief of the air quality bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, told Congress in 2007 that state agencies “do not have the luxury of ignoring any significant source of air pollution.” The largest animal farms house thousands of dairy cows or beef cattle, tens of ...

Foxconn's most significant air pollutants would be volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, according to documents filed with the state Department of Natural Resources. The state's air management staff said the factory would increase such pollutants by about 4 percent in Racine County, a figure ...
Last year, grants from that program funded 25 research projects in Illinois, 28 in Iowa, 19 in Nebraska and Kansas, 17 in Missouri and 23 in Colorado, among many others. Big data: Almost $87 million goes to the Economic Research Service to analyze ag trends and economies. That's nearly $10 million ...
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Last year, grants from that program funded 25 research projects in Illinois, 28 in Iowa, 19 in Nebraska and Kansas, 17 in Missouri and 23 in Colorado, among many others. Big data: Almost $87 million goes to the Economic Research Service to analyze ag trends and economies. That's nearly $10 million ...

Similar problems with nitrate pollution in ground and surface water blamed on industrial-level agricultural activities can be found across the country, in places like the Central Valley in California, Iowa, Ohio, central Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and North Carolina, said Bob Martin, director of the Food System ...
If "what you have" is an old, polluting power plant, that could be bad for the environment. One part of the energy business left out of the analysis, published in the journal Nature Energy, is the market for electricity from solar energy and wind power. But past analyses have found the unpredictability holds true ...
April showers bring May flowers, and springtime is full of rain and thunderstorms — the more water in the streets of Iowa City means more pollution from runoff contaminating the water, according to information from Rainscaping Iowa, a conservation organization. The University of Iowa has many means to ...
TULUM, Mexico — A Creston, Iowa, family of four that was previously reported missing in Mexico has been found dead. ... tons of plastic, researchers reported in the study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, and scientists said with the massive global plastic pollution continuing, it's still growing.
Nitrate pollution from agriculture is a serious problem nationally, especially in heavy agricultural states. Excess nitrates have been linked to blue baby syndrome, and there is evidence that nitrates may be a carcinogen. Municipal water systems (like one in Des Moines, Iowa) are often stuck with the ...
Johnson County held up well against the rest of Iowa in most fields, especially in clinical care (in which the county ranked first), but it was ranked 83rd in the state for physical environment. This category includes air pollution, drinking-water violations, severe housing problems, long commutes, and driving ...
LANSING — More than 40 percent of Michigan's major industrial facilities spewed large amounts of pollution — above legal limits — into lakes, rivers and ... It was followed by Indiana (211 discharges from 66 facilities); Iowa (197 discharges from just 27 facilities); Michigan; Illinois (149 discharges from 65 ...
The project was brought to life by UI graduate student JD Whitman; it aims to educate the Iowa City community on the importance of conservation and how pollution affects marine life. The free exhibition allows patrons to venture inside of various inflatables, nearly 14 feet high and 12 feet wide, that have ...
The cities have been testing new technology that tracks pollution and can indicate what time to pump water when lower-polluting power sources are providing electricity. Bayfield reduced mercury ... The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the test results. The buck was born on ...
The amount of nitrates that flowed through Iowa's streams and rivers in 2016 surpassed 1 billion pounds for the first time since the state started to comprehensively track it. That's a record high and more than three times the target weight set by the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, on which an annual report was released by ...
Authority Executive Director Ken Manning made the point that no one, not even the EPA at that time, had ever seen such a massive amount of contamination spread within a water basin the size of Iowa. Water producers shut down wells. Some drilled new wells into the clean sections. But even the EPA did ...

Taylor became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to reduce pollution from the plant, which was sold to the Japanese chemical company Denka in 2015. Earlier this year, the company finished installing technology it promised would reduce chloroprene emissions by 85 percent. So far, public air monitors ...
Alabama environmental regulators fine six coal plants $250,000 each for violating the state's clean water laws by contaminating groundwater. (AL.com) ... BIOFUELS: Nearly 50,000 Iowa jobs are tied to biofuels production, according to a study commissioned by a renewable fuels trade group. (Wallace's ...
It is out of this unplanned and polluted sprawl that Gamsukh is determined to create a green community. If that sounds difficult, his next goal – honoring Mongolia's nomadic past while at the same time creating a sedentary community – seems almost impossible. Yet that hasn't stopped the 34-year-old power ...
"We want a moratorium until there are fewer than 100 polluted waterways in Iowa," Mazour said; "because we know that in order for Iowa to have fewer than 100 polluted waterways, there has to be real, meaningful, structural change." The Iowa Pork Producers Association said a moratorium on hog farms ...
“We need to start holding corporate agribusiness accountable for polluting these waterways, they need to pay their fair share,” Glasson said. Another priority of hers would be to fully fund the DNR and ensure that Iowa's environment is kept safe. Glasson said that her campaign can prove that ordinary folk ...
15 because the mixture has been found to contribute to summer smog pollution. Iowa and other farming states are beneficiaries of the Renewable Fuel Standard, first created by Congress in 2005 and expanded in 2007, that requires the EPA to set increasing levels of agricultural products like ethanol to be ...
It tracks, among other things, states' air quality, pollution, voter participation and social support. North Dakota, known for its national parks, Native American heritage and freezing winters, topped that category, and California, which has enjoyed great success selling an enviable lifestyle image to the world, ...
Some candidates said they would limit the addition of any "factory farms" until the number of impaired waterways in Iowa is reduced. Glasson was the most detailed on that front, saying there are 750 polluted waterways in Iowa and she would have a moratorium on more factory farms until the number drops ...
At the time, the Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for tighter limits on ozone, a type of air pollution that is hazardous for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases. But Honeycutt said reducing air pollution could be dangerous. "Houston and Los Angeles are going to lose people. People ...
"Iowa is in the midst of a serious water pollution crisis," the letter declares, citing research from 2014 that found 750 bodies of water in the state, or more than half tested, contained pollutants or showed other conditions tied to factory farming‚ "including E. coli, excessive algal growth and diminished aquatic ...
“We believe that supply chain management and producer accountability is an important step forward in moving toward improving surface water quality here in Iowa and the Mississippi Valley,” Stowe said. “Clearly getting our hands around agri-pollutants and what comes into our drinking water is going to ...
... feed grown using sustainable practices as a way to tackle this water pollution problem.” Sixty-five percent of Iowa is dedicated to growing corn, soybeans and livestock, Waxman claims, and conventional growing practices bring significant runoff. “This has impacts on our environment. All of these nutrients, ...
I just heard someone saying "Iowa Nice." That is ... When Terry Branstad said he loved Iowa, I feel it was for exploiting the state by letting corporate hogs come in and destroy our air and water quality. Was this ... This way, if no one lives in rural Iowa, there will be no reports of pollution from rural residents.
The campaign asks Tyson to commit to using meat raised on pollution-free feed, implement more responsible manure management practices among its suppliers, and enact a ... She said Iowa's water pollution "is one of the worst in the nation," and criticized the state's efforts to address the problem.
DES MOINES,Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Iowa the #1 state in the country based on eight categories - health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime ... The survey ranks Iowa 8th in the nation in voter participation, but only 38th in low pollution health risk.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according ... "We want a moratorium until there are fewer than 100 polluted waterways in Iowa,” Mazour said; “because we know that in order for Iowa to have fewer ...
(Eagle Grove, IA) -- The Department of Natural Resources has imposed an administrative penalty of 55-hundred dollars on a north-central Iowa egg plant for polluting a nearby creek. A heavy summer rainfall washed a recent field application of wastewater into that creek. Daybreak Foods near Eagle Grove ...
... of the constitutionally protected Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, also known as IWiLL (Iowa's Water and Land Legacy). Since the trust fund was approved eight years ago, support for securing its funding continues to grow, while Iowa's rivers, streams and lakes grow more polluted.
Some of the 12 states involved have enacted laws but Iowa, the number one producer of corn, continues to keep mandatory rules for non-point source pollution on the ropes. Josh Buettner has the details. This Week, the Iowa Legislature passed a water quality bill that allocates $282 million over 12 years to ...
The bills are centered around the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy released in 2012 by the Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University. It's designed to reduce the amount of pollution running into Iowa's steams that eventually feed to the Gulf of Mexico, where the combination of pollutants ...
Far too many of our waterways are polluted. I've seen this at my own place, where the frog populations in the swampy areas have declined. And as a state we're contributing to pollution problems downstream like the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Our state legislature has not passed a water quality bill, ...
And their survey did not include China, one of the biggest sources of plastic pollution. Australian reefs had the least amount of plastic observed on reefs, which the researchers attribute to a more comprehensive system for waste control. Other countries in the Pacific don't have much control over what ends ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - A bill to fight pollution in Iowa's rivers and streams could end up costing school districts and impact funding for the Cedar Rapids schools plan to rebuild 10 elementary schools and close 8 others. But the district says it needs to wait and see. The Iowa legislature sent a ...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A bill to address pollution in Iowa's rivers and streams may threaten funding for Cedar Rapids schools new facilities plan. The bill headed to the Governor's desk spends $282 million over 12 years on projects to address pollution in Iowa's water ways. That money ...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to send a voluntary water quality bill to Gov. Kim Reynolds that doesn't require comprehensive statewide monitoring of water pollution and excludes benchmark improvement goals, a point some environmental groups argue will lessen its ...
The announcement was made in a press conference at the Iowa State Capitol. Senator Johnson said he has spent the last two years traveling around the state, speaking to residents impacted by factory farms. “The state has a water pollution crisis with 750 impaired waterways with over 1000 impairments, ...
A train carrying crude oil derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada in 2013 and the ensuing explosions and fire killed dozens of people. A jury acquitted three railroad employees of related charges on Friday. Paul Chiasson / AP. Jurors in eastern Canada on Friday found three men not guilty of criminal ...
This has angered environmental experts from around Europe, who warn it will badly pollute the Mediterranean. European countries including Greece, Italy, Spain and France have coastlines along the sea. "It really comes down to it being waste management from the Dark Ages. I mean, the whole ethic that ...
WASHINGTON – In 2015, Des Moines Water Works sued upstream counties to reduce manure and fertilizer runoff into the city's drinking water supply, drawing attention to nitrate pollution. But nitrate contaminates water supplies throughout Iowa, according to a new report by the Environmental Working ...
The Raccoon River in central Iowa runs through one of the most intensely farmed regions of the nation. Agriculture is vital to the area's economy, but polluted runoff from farms poses an acute threat to residents' tap water – and a daunting challenge to utilities struggling to keep the water clean.
Pollution from industrial facilities and farm runoff is linked to high levels of nutrients in Iowa's waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. A Des Moines water utility elevated the matter with a 2015 lawsuit claiming that drainage districts in three counties didn't properly regulate the release of nitrate pollution into rivers.
Iowa has faced water pollution issues for years, and research shows it's tied in part to farm runoff. According to the latest update from the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, agriculture and urban runoff contribute more than 90 percent of the nitrogen and 80 percent of the phosphorus leaving the state of Iowa.
North Iowa egg company fined for polluting creek ... EAGLE GROVE | A Wright County egg production company has been ordered to pay a $5,500 penalty for polluting a creek. The Iowa DNR, which is responsible for enforcing environmental laws, received a complaint Aug. 15, 2017, that a creek near ...


 

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