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Iowa Farms Will Still Face Electrical Inspections

THE IOWA ELECTRICAL EXAMINING BOARD WON'T EXEMPT FARM BUILDINGS FROM MANDATORY ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS.

THE BOARD VOTED 8-3 TO REJECT A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD HAVE GENERALLY EXEMPTED FARM BUILDINGS. THE PROPOSAL WAS AIMED AT RESOLVING ISSUES STEMMING FROM A COURT RULING THAT THE BOARD EXCEEDED ITS AUTHORITY BY REQUIRING INSPECTIONS ON MOST ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS ON FARMS.

SOME CRITICS SAY THE INSPECTIONS ARE A POWER GRAB BY THE BOARD AND THAT THE INSPECTIONS OVERBURDEN FARMERS. OTHER FARMERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS SAY POORLY INSTALLED ELECTRICAL WIRING CREATES SAFETY HAZARDS.

ON THURSDAY THE BOARD SET A TASK FORCE TO SEEK A COMPROMISE TO PRESENT TO THE LEGISLATURE.

 

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