Gravity unloading slurrystores are now legal
by Karen Grimes, Department of Natural Resources
Producers can now legally use gravity unloading of aboveground manure storage systems in Iowa because of a new rule passed by the Environmental Protection Commission in June. Producers can use gravity to pump these out, provided they implement the following practices:
The emergency response plan should include the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) phone numbers that must be called to report a manure release or spill, and a list of contractors, equipment, technical support, and alternative sites that can be used for storage or land application in bad weather.
The phone numbers that producers should call include any of the following DNR field offices during normal work hours: Manchester at (563) 927-2640, Mason City at (641) 424-4073, Spencer at (712) 262-4177, Atlantic at (712) 243-1934, Des Moines at (515) 725-0268, or Washington at (319) 653-2135. After normal work hours, producers should call DNR at (515) 281-8694 and contact their local police department or county sheriffs office. Spills or manure releases must be reported as soon as possible but not later than 6 hours after the release occurred or was discovered.
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