Gov. Tom Vilsack warned Iowans that the state's campaign to clean its many polluted lakes and rivers took a step back this week and will continue to slide if voters do not elect lawmakers who are serious about helping state environmental groups who are fighting contamination.
Vilsack urged Iowans to grill candidates over how they will clean air and water. He is troubled by a legislative committee's objections to a new rule that will give the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources the power to consider a wider range of environmental factors when reviewing construction-permit applications and manure-management plans for new livestock facilities.
Republicans accused Vilsack of siding with bureaucracy instead of with Iowans' rights.
August 11, 2006 8:18 AM | Category: Politics