Iowa Looks to Stave Off EPA Mandate
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Dec 5, 2012 11:32 AM CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (DTN) -- Iowa officials have stated unequivocally that the state's proposed plan to reduce nutrients runoff by 45% is entirely voluntary. Yet Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said Tuesday it is impossible to ignore what might happen if the state doesn't address the problem.

If the state is unable to reduce runoff enough to satisfy the EPA and environmentalists, at some point it likely will be mandated.

"I really do believe that if we don't address the issue ourselves, we should expect regulation," Northey said during an informational meeting at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting ...

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