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Group Wants Air Quality Action on CAFOs

posted on August 5, 2005

A community advocacy group in Des Moines, Iowa, is calling for immediate changes in the state's air quality laws after a field study found high ammonia levels near nine factory farms in the state.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement said in a news release this week that the emissions measured over six months by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources exceeded the safe-health level recommended by scientists at two Iowa universities.

According to CCI, the DNR monitored air quality near large-scale concentrated animal feeding operations at 11 sites. The agency reported a total of 69 days at nine of those sites that exceeded ammonia levels of 150 parts per billion -- the safe-level as determined by the university studies.

The nine sites that measured for high ammonia levels were near the towns of Belmond, Goldfield, Iowa Falls, Jewell, Stanhope, Clarion, Newkirk, and West Union, CCI said.

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