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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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We’re Prepared to Sue

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action) today announced that they are prepared to file a legal complaint...

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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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Know your Factory Farm Five: Brent Rastetter

Five out of the eight Environmental Protection Commissioners for Iowa own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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Know your Factory Farm Five: Max Smith

Five out of the eight Environmental Protection Commissioners for Iowa own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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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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Know your Factory Farm Five: Nancy Couser

Five out of the eight Environmental Protection Commissioners for Iowa own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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Know your Factory Farm Five: Gene Ver Steeg

Five out of the eight Environmental Protection Commissioners for Iowa own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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Know your Factory Farm Five: Cindy Greiman

Five out of the eight Environmental Protection Commissioners for Iowa own, or have a direct financial interest, in factory farms. Despite this blatant conflict of interest, they sit on the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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