Thu September 19, 2013
Iowa Gov. Branstad's brother fined by EPA for violations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The brother of Gov. Terry Branstad will pay a fine and spend $26,000 to install a wetland area after his cattle farm failed to comply with requirements of his clean water permit.
The Environmental Protection Agency says Branstad Farms near Forest City did not maintain adequate records for the application of manure onto farm land and did not sample the manure and soil as required.
EPA documents show Monroe Branstad, the governor's brother, operates the farm.
The EPA says the farm will pay a $5,100 civil penalty and spend the additional money to install a wetlands restoration area, the first agreement of its type in the EPA region covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska,
The governor's spokesman says he will not comment.
Monroe Branstad did not immediately return a message.
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