Changes to Clean Water Act CAFOs (US Iowa)

The USA EPA has reached agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) for it to make changes to Iowa’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Included in this agreement are IDNR’s commitments to:

* carry out a comprehensive survey of all large CAFOs and medium animal feeding operations that currently don’t have CWA wastewater discharge permits and identify those that discharge to natural water and have failed to comply with the permit application or other Iowa requirements,

* inspect all permitted NPDES CAFOs within five years following an agreed upon inspection procedure,

* issue timely wastewater discharge permits to all CAFOs determined to discharge to local waterways.

Also, Iowa’s CAFO rules will be changed to align with the federal CWA.

Further information is found in the USEPA Press Release.