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Supreme Court rejects county ordinance on livestock stink

Thursday, October 7, 2004

The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a county ordinance that limited air and water pollution from livestock operations, finding it unenforceable and pre-empted by state law.

The Worth County Board of Supervisors approved the "Rural Health and Family Farm Protection Ordinance" in 2001, citing concerns about the effects such large quantities of manure have on the environment and the quality of life in the area.

The ordinance set standards for carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide and ammonia emissions - gases which are given off by manure and are blamed by some neighbors of livestock confinements for lung irritation, headaches and other health complaints.

A group called "Friends of Agriculture," along with the Iowa Farm Bureau, and other residents sought an injunction to stop the ordinance, claiming it was illegal.

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