Iowa agrees to step up inspection of big farms

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials will inspect more livestock farms and strictly enforce penalties when manure leaks into rivers or streams under a federal agreement signed Wednesday stemming from a years-long dispute about enforcing the U.S. Clean Water Act.

The agreement comes about a year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threatened to take over enforcement of the federal law in Iowa if state officials didn't do a better job. The dispute centered on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' refusal to regularly inspect the state's thousands of large cattle and hog farms.

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