Group Petitions DNR to Issue Hog Farm Water Permit

Piglets look at their surroundings at Interstate Swine, LLC, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, near Walker. These piglets were weaned from the sows. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Rachel Begle

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - An environmental advocacy group says it is delivering a petition with 5,000 names to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission insisting the state crack down on water pollution that comes from large livestock farms.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement says it will demand at Tuesday's commission meeting that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources issue a Clean Water Act operating permit to the Maschhoff Pork farm near Keosauqua in southeast Iowa.

The farm, with nearly 7,500 pigs, spilled thousands of gallons of manure into a creek on Nov. 4, just weeks after a DNR inspection. It has had several spills in recent years.

The state hasn't issued a water permit to a hog facility before but environmental groups are increasingly pressuring the state to create rules to do so.

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