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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: 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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Ernst and Branstad: The #DirtyWaterDuo

Ernst and Branstad:  The Dirty Water Duo    While Branstad vetoes REAP funding and packs environmental boards with industry insiders and big money donors, Ernst advocates abolishing the EPA and the Clean Water Act   Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members have labeled Governor Terry Branstad and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst “the Dirty Water Duo” and say everyday Iowans need to know that the GOP’s premier statewide candidates – who campaigned together across Iowa last week – both vigorously oppose stronger and more effective oversight of the corporate ag polluters who are destroying Iowa’s water quality. “Iowans need to know that Terry Branstad and Joni Ernst are a dirty water duo who care more about factory farm profits than they do about clean water for all Iowans to drink, fish, and swim in,” said Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer from Dexter and the board president of the Iowa CCI Action Fund. Despite...

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No April Fooling On Factory Farm Pollution

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members say time in this year’s legislative session is running out for Governor Branstad and leaders in both political parties to address the kinds of factory farm pollution that continue to cause a public health risk to hundreds of thousands of Central Iowans.

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