Buena Vista County residents opposed to Rembrandt Enterprises' $35 million egg-breaking facility are beginning, if grudgingly, to accept the fact that the project will proceed. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved construction permits for the egg-laying portion of the plant last week.
While knowing that the project will not stop, many local residents are beginning to feel that the DNR does not have the policing authority they wish it did. As one woman said at a Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors discussion on the topic this week, since the DNR must act within state law, attempting to contest the DNR's decision "is like beating a dead horse."
"This project will proceed, you all know that," Supervisor Jim Gustafson told those gathered for the meeting.
With the project moving forward, the board of supervisors decided to make a potentially precedent-setting request of the Iowa Attorney General. That office will be asked to designate how the egg-breaking portion of Rembrandt Enterprises should be classified as an industry instead of an agricultural use.
The board of supervisors requested County Attorney Phil Havens to request the opinion. Such a decision could affect zoning and taxation for the facility.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/28 Pilot Tribune.