Michael Schmidt


Phone: 515-244-1194 x 211

Email: schmidt@iaenvironment.org

Michael Schmidt joined the Council in 2019 and works across IEC's program areas. He most recently worked as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where he focused on clean water and mining issues through enforcement, permitting, and rulemaking actions. He previously worked for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, a state-based nonprofit, where he engaged in legal, legislative, and policy advocacy on water quality issues. He has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.

Blog posts by this Author:

  • New coal ash regulations protect Iowans from toxic water pollution

    New EPA regulations on coal ash will have an immediate impact in Iowa. On May 3rd, IEC submitted public comments on a draft permit that proposed to allow discharges of coal ash leachate upstream from the drinking water intake for Ottumwa.

  • EPA opts for meetings rather than changes to CAFO rules

    The EPA recently denied two petitions seeking stronger rules governing concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) filed by national and local environmental groups. IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt explains the petitions, the ruling, and what it means for future CAFO rules in Iowa.

  • Feedlot Rule Update: Round 2 of Many

    Iowa DNR is in the process of updating the rules defining how manure is stored at AFOs and then applied on the landscape. This rulemaking is a chance for DNR to protect Iowans while saving them money, but we need stronger rules to make that happen. The draft rules have some changes, but not enough - and the process is more complicated thanks to an executive order.

  • Staff Insights: Michael Schmidt on Iowa's Sustainable Future

    IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt shares his story about growing up in Iowa, his years living in Minnesota, and coming home to become involved with environmental work through law school, family, and the wonder of the great outdoors.

  • How to save Iowans billions and reduce CO2 by 90%

    The Iowa Utilities Board has a stark question before it: should it put customers' needs first and require MidAmerican to take action that can save customers as much as $5 billion dollars and reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent?

  • A New Foray Into Community Solar in Eastern Iowa

    Alliant Energy will build its first Iowa community solar project in Cedar Rapids. IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt shares IEC's position on Alliant's new program and what it means for area residents.

  • Where's the Beef? Near Outstanding Iowa Waters.

    Supreme Beef is in the watershed of Bloody Run Creek, a trout stream designated by the DNR as an Outstanding Iowa Water in a unique Iowa landscape. That unique topography means the manure produced by the facility will likely harm the creek, and will likely strip Bloody Run Creek of that special designation.

  • When it comes to CAFOs, try, try again

    A company seeking to site an 11,600-head cattle feedlot in northeast Iowa wasn't giving up on getting DNR approval. IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt reviews the timeline and how Supreme Beef and DNR found a way to make the massive feedlot happen.

  • Gas Companies Want to Profit Off Iowans

    The gas industry is trying to save itself at the expense of Iowans. HF 555 and SF 455 would prop up the methane and propane gas industries by creating special protections for out-of-state gas imports.

  • The Land Where CAFOs Reign Supreme

    The Iowa DNR recently approved the nutrient management plan for a 2,700 cattle feedlot in NE Iowa. As neighbors and Iowans consider the impacts of this operation on fragile karst topography, IEC Staff Attorney Michael Schmidt addresses questions, concerns, and suggestions for the future.

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