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Authorities Investigate Possible Electrocution of S.E. Iowa Men

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what happened to two men found dead in southeastern Iowa. The Washington County Communications Center says it received a report Friday afternoon of a possible electrocution near a road in Wellman. Emergency personnel responded and found 38-year-old Chad Allen VanVoltenburg, of South English, and 47-year-old Paul Joseph Duello, of Kinross. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading →

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IA Clean Water Rules Take Effect

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect, after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule, which took effect last Wednesday, establishes new inspection and permit procedures. It does not impose mandatory permits for farms that repeatedly spill manure, a measure some environmental groups including Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement want. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources signed a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year to develop the new rule after the EPA threatened to take over federal Clean Water Act enforcement if state officials didn’t do more. The federal agency says the rule meets its requirements, but Iowa CCI says it’s still too weak. Continue Reading →

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