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Governor Facing Critical Decision on Environmental Watchdogs

February 27, 2007

Governor Culver has a little more than two weeks to make an important decision about the environmental direction of the state. Four of the nine members of the Iowa Environmental Protection Committee, the state's chief environmental rule-making body, must either be reappointed or replaced by March 15.

Gary Klicker, a Bloomfield livestock producer and member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, says the Governor's decision is crucial to the state's natural resources.

"What is at stake for Iowa is clean water. The present commissioners have been working very hard to improve the water quality in the state of Iowa."

Klicker compliments the current members for doing a good job protecting Iowa's water quality. They passed a new water protection rule, referring polluters to the Iowa Attorney General's office, and they denyied permits to factory farmers due to water quality concerns. He worries that four new commissioners could completely change the direction the commission has taken in recent years.

"You could completely change the make up of the board by appointing different people to it. They can go toward more stringent or lenient rules."

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA