Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement members are unhappy with the State Environmental Protection Commission’s vote to approve a Clean Water Act rule. ICCI State Policy Director Adam Masons says his group wanted a stricter rule that called for all large farms to have clean water act permits and there be a three strikes and you’re out rule effectively shutting down those violators. He says some EPC commissioners shouldn’t have voted on the rule due to a conflict of interest.
Mason says due to what ICCI sees as a conflict of interest, they’re looking at a court challenge against both the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and Department of Natural Resources..
Mason says the five commissioners they’re challenging include Gene Ver Steeg, Brent Rastetter, Max Smith, Nancy Couser and Cindy Greiman. Those five joined the other four commissioners in approving the rule at Tuesday’s meeting.