For the record, Iowa is by far the largest pork producer in the United States.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has threatened to take over protection of Iowa’s waterways from the state.
The Des Moines Register reports that a federal investigation shows the state has been lax in requiring that livestock operations follow rules to keep manure out of Iowa’s creeks and rivers, ponds and lakes.
The EPA report says the state hasn’t properly inspected livestock facilities and failed in its duties about half the time when responding to livestock pollution.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the EPA criticism is misplaced.