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Audit critical of DNR

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- A state audit says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has failed to comply with over a dozen state laws.

The audit was released Monday. It says the agency hasn't adequately tackle 16 different issues, such as the treatment of infectious waste.

State Auditor David Vaudt says it's common to see departments ignore or fail to completely enforce certain laws. But Vaudt adds that these findings are more serious than usual because many of the laws directly affect quality of life.

Vaudt also says the number of laws the agency has failed to enact or enforce is larger than for most departments.

Department of Natural Resources director Richard Leopold says instances of inaction identified by the audit have never endangered public safety.

Online AnchorBob Waters

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