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Pollution trading bill: A false fix for water crisis

Pollution trading bill: A false fix for water crisis

As Iowa’s water quality crisis continues to grow, the Iowa House Republicans and corporate ag are pushing through a cap-and-trade scheme, known as “pollution trading,” where corporations and cities with deep enough pockets can purchase the right to pollute.

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Bill for Clean Water Iowa passes out of sub-committee!

A commonsense bill to strengthen manure application laws passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Sub-committee in a 2 to 1 vote today...

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CCI Action Sues Branstad’s DNR

CCI Action Sues Branstad’s DNR

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund filed a legal complaint in federal district court August 20 alleging that an August 19 vote on new Clean Water Act rules by the Environmental Protection Commission was illegal because five members of the EPC appointed by Governor Terry Branstad have a direct financial stake in the factory farm industry and should have recused themselves from the vote because they would financially benefit from passing a weak rule.

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Know your Factory Farm Five

Five out of the nine Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioners own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). The EPC is deciding whether or not to strengthen the Clean Water Act rule on August 19. Strengthening the rule means addressing the factory farm manure pollution that has contributed to Iowa’s 630 polluted waterways. Click on the photo of each EPC Commissioner to learn more about their ties to corporate agricultural, and why they should recuse themselves from voting on the Clean Water Act rule.     The EPC, and these five in particular, need to hear from more Iowans like you that we want strong rules that protect our...

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Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

As blue green algae blooms spread across the country and Iowa’s public beaches close, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members are asking what Governor Terry Branstad and his political appointees at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Commissions are doing to solve Iowa’s water quality crisis.

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