Nearly 40 Iowa counties have notified the DNR that they intend to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix in their counties.

Animal producers in counties that use the master matrix must meet higher standards than other confinement producers who also need a construction permit. They must earn points on the master matrix by choosing a site and using practices that reduce impacts on air, water and the community.

By January 6th the following counties notified the DNR that they will be using the matrix in 2009:

Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Buchanan, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Jackson, Jones, Louisa, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe,

Montgomery, O’Brien, Page, Sac, Story, Tama, Van Buren, Webster, Winneshiek and Worth.

Counties that adopt the master matrix can provide more input to producers on site selection, the proposed structures and proposed facility management. Participating counties can also participate in DNR site visits to a proposed confinement site.

While all counties may submit comments to the DNR during the review process for permit applications, counties that adopt the master matrix can also appeal a preliminary permit approval to the Environmental Protection Commission.

The deadline for enrolling in the program is January 31st for counties interested in using the matrix during the next 12 months. Producers and citizens can obtain more information and view a map of participating counties at www.iowadnr.gov/afo/matrix. html.

Only those producers who must get a construction permit are affected by the matrix.

Source: IDNR

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