Last fall, IEC wrote about the problems with Supreme Beef, a concentrated animal feeding operation near Bloody Run Creek, an Outstanding Iowa Water (and cold-water trout stream). The Iowa DNR took the unusual step of not fully approving the facility’s original plan for 11,600 head of cattle. But Supreme Beef is back – and it exemplifies the problems with Iowa’s regulatory structure for CAFOs.
Supreme Beef submitted a Nutrient Management Plan to DNR last summer, which was supposed to assure DNR that the facility’s manure disposal will not cause water pollution. Based on comments from concerned citizens, DNR was forced to acknowledge the opposite: many of the fields Supreme Beef proposed to use would not be suitable for the manure because the information and calculations in the plan had not been accurate.
Based on a review of DNR’s public records, DNR and Supreme Beef scrambled to come up with a solution in the 60-day window required for a DNR decision.
Supreme Beef’s response? Try again. And this time, DNR approved it.