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Iowa environmental groups ask EPA to step in and protect drinking water

Iowa environmental groups - inspired by a successful campaign in Minnesota - are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and protect drinking water in northeast Iowa from agricultural runoff.

The petition was announced Tuesday, hours after the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission unanimously approved largely status quo rules governing animal feeding operations.

"The Environmental Protection Commission has once again proven who they really serve - not the Iowa public, but big ag polluters," said Alicia Vasto, water program manager for the Iowa Environmental Council, one of the 13 groups that filed the petition with the EPA Tuesday.


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