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Lawmakers Toying with yet Another Odor Study

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 By Dick Layman/Don Mathisen, Contact
March 6, 2008

Des Moines, IA – The legislature is considering a bill that calls for spending more than $20 million over five years to fund an odor reduction study of factory farms. A committee vote is expected today in the Senate. Farmer Barb Kalbach with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement thinks the study is a stall tactic by the industry.

"We know that the confined animal feeding operations stink, why they stink, and we have an idea of how much they stink. There's been studies done and technology developed by Iowa State already that can mitigate odor."

Kalbach says the smell from livestock confinement operations is affecting the lives of everyday Iowans, and clean air standards for hydrogen sulfide and ammonia are needed. She says the factory farms should use their own money to implement such standards.

"Air quality and odor is an industry byproduct that that industry needs to be responsible for. They are not responsible for it."

The pork industry supports more study before stringent requirements become law, saying the previous studies haven't answered all the questions about ending the problem.

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