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Iowa Pushed to Fight Farm Pollution
Fri Mar 15, 2013 08:24 AM CDT

(WSJ) -- Federal regulators are pushing the nation's largest pork-producing state to start inspecting thousands of livestock and poultry operations in response to concerns over water pollution caused by runoff and spills from ever-larger farms.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that Iowa officials inspect about 8,000 livestock operations in the state to determine if they should be subject to stepped-up regulation after the agency found the state wasn't meeting minimum federal requirements. The EPA says the two sides are nearing an agreement, but the state isn't ready to sign off.

Livestock producers oppose the inspections, saying they would ...

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