BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council this week, agreed with Council member Gary Nystorm and is supporting a possible lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the nutrient reduction strategy plan developed by the State of Iowa. The lawsuit would be with the support of the Iowa League of Cities. Nystrom is one of the members of a committee that have investigated the issues facing cities as a result of the nutrient reduction strategy proposed for Iowa. Nystrom told the Council that cities are being unfairly targeted for causing a pollution problem when statistics show that 80 % of the problem is from agricultural land. Nystorm told the Council this week that it was decided during a recent conference call with other committee members that they voted to pursue litigation. He was one of seven voting in favor of a lawsuit. Nystrom told Council members the cost to the city is estimated at $2,000 at this time.
Nutrient reduction strategy plans were developed to deal with the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrates and phosphates that wash down stream are believed to be the cause of the problem. The Iowa plan identifies city sewer plants as a contributor where improvements need to be made to facilities to deal with discharges. Other sources are farm fields. Producers are dealing with control efforts through things such as cover crops. There are currently three cities in Iowa attempting to meet requirements for discharges set by the Iowa DNR.