DNR: Strengthen Manure Management Rules!
April 13, 2017
Last year, CCI members pored through hundreds of Manure Management Plans (MMPs) to expose how the factory farm industry “double dumps,” uses incorrect application rates, and gets away with it because the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) doesn’t adequately enforce MMPs. You can read our findings here.
Now, because of your work, the DNR is beginning the process of putting MMPs online.
Right now, they’re changing administrative rules to transition to this online process. Join us at next week’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) meeting to help us deliver comments!
What will online MMPs mean for you? Ideally, these records will be more accessible to everyday Iowans and searchable on the DNR’s website. But, we need to ensure that’s really what will happen.
The proposed rule changes are a baby step in the right direction – they only apply to the short MMP update form – but there are some key things that must be strengthened. DNR should:
- Set a timeline for getting all MMPs – not just the 1-pager – online and accessible to the public.
- Describe how the new system will work for both operators and everyday Iowans.
- Ensure that the same level of transparency will continue under the new system so that counties know when updated MMPs are available.
- Require that factory farmers provide a detailed list of each and every change that has been made since the previous MMP – not just a general overview.
Tell the DNR and EPC that we need stronger MMP rules. RSVP here.
What: Tell the DNR and EPC that MMP rules should be strengthened to work for everyday Iowans
When: Tuesday, April 18 at 9:15 AM
Where: Meet at the CCI office for a prep session (2001 Forest Avenue, Des Moines) and then carpool to the EPC meeting (DNR Air Quality Building, 7900 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights)