Clipped From Iowa City Press-Citizen
IBP wins pollution waiver DES MOINES (AP) - In another concession to Iowa Beef Processors Inc., Iowa will almost certainly waive its pollution rules concerning the buffer zone required around waste lagoons. Larry Crane, executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said Wednesday he has already already decided to give the company a one-year one-year one-year variance from the buffer zone rule and that the actual order Is only a formality away. Crane said IBP says it will not locate its huge pork processing plant in Iowa without assurances that the lagoon rules will be changed or waived. The company, whose proposed plant would employ some 600 workers workers and provide an economic shot in the arm for the local economy, has narrowed its choice to three towns two of them, Low Moor and Stan-wood, Stan-wood, Stan-wood, In Iowa, and the other In Sheffield, Sheffield, ni. In the competition to lure the plant, officials from both states and the local communities have offered numerous numerous incentives. The DEQ rule waiver is not the first move to adjust state regulations at the request of ' IBP. Recently, the Iowa attorney general's general's office said that IBP's plan to buy and lease large farms near the proposed plant did not violate the state law prohibiting corporate ownership ownership of farmland, since the company's company's purpose In buying the land is to Irrigate it with waste water. The leasing for farming purposes, the at tomey general said, Is a secondary purpose and therefore not contrary to the law. DEQ Chairman Richard Tlmmcis man said he was not upset that Crane, without commission approval, approval, had the authority to grant variances variances to commission rules. He said the buffer zone was not very well documented when first adopted several years ago.