Ag + Environment

Pandemic-era rush to parks continues, hunting license sales up, fishing down

BY: - July 24, 2021

Iowans are continuing their pandemic-era rush to state parks, and resident hunting license sales are the highest they’ve been in at least three years. Some fishing license sales have been below last year, when pandemic restrictions made lakes and rivers some of the few places where people could safely be out of their home. This […]

Lawsuits filed by Tyson workers over COVID-19 still on hold

BY: - July 23, 2021

Before he died of COVID-19 last year, Arthur Scott of Waterloo worked in a Tyson Foods plant that manufactures dog treats. Even so, Tyson claims it cannot be sued in state court for contributing to Scott’s death because the company was trying to secure the nation’s food supply and critical infrastructure when it kept the […]

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

BY: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

Grassley, Vilsack, pork industry exec call for immigration reform

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Wednesday said Congress needs to overhaul the U.S. immigration system to ease a farm-worker shortage. But he added GOP members are unlikely to support action until Democrats secure the border. Grassley spoke to Iowa reporters on a day that featured a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on overhauling a visa […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

UI scientists: Corps should consider livestock, not just geese, as Red Rock pollution source

BY: - July 21, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ attempt to blame geese for dangerous fecal bacteria in an Iowa reservoir ignores the possible role of widespread livestock manure applications, two University of Iowa water quality experts said Wednesday.  Water-quality records kept by the Des Moines Water Works show a spike of E. coli bacteria last week in […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

BY: - July 20, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by U.S. […]

Iowa lawsuit over California’s hog-confinement law headed for a hearing

BY: - July 20, 2021

A federal judge will hear arguments next month in a case that involves Iowa pork producers and their challenge of a California state law restricting the sale of pork in that state. The Iowa Pork Producers Association has requested a preliminary injunction that would block enforcement of California’s Proposition 12. The state of California has […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, […]

U.S. Senate panel schedules vote on Stone-Manning to head public lands agency

BY: - July 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, a step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Committee Chairman Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, and ranking Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming on […]

Dico site

EPA begins Dico building demolition, city could save $191K on its share

BY: - July 19, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday began tearing down the most contaminated buildings at a Des Moines Superfund site chosen for a proposed professional soccer stadium and other development. “It’s a huge milestone,” Des Moines Assistant City Manager Pam Cooksey said in an interview. “It’s been decades in the making.” The 43-acre former Dico site […]

Conflicting versions of tree-spiking case overshadow Stone-Manning nomination

BY: - July 17, 2021

Tracy Stone-Manning and a former federal investigator during the past few days shared widely varying accounts of her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking in an Idaho national forest, as the fight over the Montanan’s nomination to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management escalated. Stone-Manning’s confirmation remains stuck in a divided U.S. Senate Energy & […]