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EPA issues orders to feedlots in IS, KS, NB


September 13, 2011
By U.S. EPA

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September 2, 2011,
Kansas City, KS – The EPA Region 7 announced recently that it issued
administrative compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations
(CAFOs) in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, directing those operations to correct a
range of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
September 2, 2011,
Kansas City, KS – The EPA Region 7 announced recently that it issued
administrative compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations
(CAFOs) in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, directing those operations to correct a
range of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Region 7’s latest round
of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with
the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES)
permitting program, involves five beef feedlots, including three in
Nebraska, one in Kansas, and one in Iowa; and an egg layer operation in
Nebraska.

“The majority of
livestock and poultry producers in Region 7 understand the importance of
protecting our water resources, and they work hard to ensure their operations
comply with state and federal laws,” said Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7
administrator. “However, when an operation fails to meet its responsibilities,
the EPA will continue to work closely with our state partner agencies and
stakeholders to enforce the Clean Water Act and encourage compliance.”

Stormwater runoff from
CAFO production areas such as confinement pens, feedstock storage areas and
manure stockpiles, and runoff from land application areas, can cause
exceedances of water quality standards, pose risks to human health, threaten
aquatic life and its habitat, and impair the use and enjoyment of waterways.

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According to the
administrative compliance orders issued by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, KS:

  • M.G. Waldbaum Company,
    d/b/a Bloom N Egg Farm, Bloomfield, NB – An inspection of the egg layer
    operation in September 2010 found that it was illegally discharging wastewater
    from poultry manure stockpiles into a tributary of Little Bazile Creek in Knox
    County. Sample results indicated high levels of E.coli bacteria and other
    pollutants discharging into the tributary. The order requires the operation to
    cease all production area discharges, install runoff controls, and comply with
    the Clean Water Act. The operation, which has a capacity of 4,448,000 birds,
    was confining approximately 3.1 million layer hens at the time of the
    inspection. The operation has applied for an NPDES permit.
  • A.J. Jones, d/b/a
    Callicrate Feeding Company, St. Francis, KS – An inspection in February 2011
    identified significant NPDES permit violations, including failure to maintain
    adequate wastewater storage capacity, failure to meet Nutrient Management Plan
    requirements, failure to conduct operations within areas that are controlled in
    a manner capable of preventing pollution, and failure to maintain adequate
    records. The order requires the operation to comply with all terms of the Clean
    Water Act
    and its NPDES permit, and to coordinate with the Kansas Department of
    Health and Environment
    on its compliance. The order requires the operation to
    comply with the terms of its Nutrient Management Plan, including sampling and
    recordkeeping requirements. The feedlot has a permitted capacity of 12,000
    cattle and was confining approximately 3,219 cattle at the time of the
    inspection.
  • Michael and David
    Uecker, d/b/a Dave Uecker Livestock, Norfolk, NB – An inspection of the beef
    feedlot and stream sampling in July 2011 found that the operation was illegally
    discharging manure, litter and process wastewater into a series of drainage
    ditches before discharging into an unnamed tributary to the North Fork of the
    Elkhorn River in Madison County. The operation has a capacity of 900 cattle and
    was confining approximately 450 cattle at the time of the inspection,
    classifying it as a medium CAFO. The order requires the operation to apply for
    an NPDES permit, and construct feedlot waste controls or reduce the number of
    cattle that it confines below the regulatory threshold.
  • John Reigle, d/b/a
    Reigle Farms, Madison, NB – An inspection of the beef feedlot in June 2011
    found several NPDES permit violations, including illegal discharges from a
    holding pond to an unnamed tributary of Tracy Creek in Madison County, failure
    to timely notify state authorities of the holding pond discharge, failure to
    maintain adequate wastewater storage capacity in the holding pond, failure to
    maintain an accurate staff gauge in the holding pond, unauthorized discharges
    of livestock waste from land application fields, failure to maintain wastewater
    application records and failure to perform a liquid waste nutrient analysis.
    The order requires the operation to comply with the Clean Water Act, its NPDES
    permit
    and Nutrient Management Plan, and to cease operations in parts of its
    facility where wastewater cannot be properly managed. The operation has a
    permitted capacity of 9,000 cattle and was confining approximately 8,600 cattle
    at the time of the inspection.
  • Ritter Feedyards, LLC,
    Beemer, NB – An inspection of the NPDES-permitted beef feedlot in April 2011
    found the facility was discharging manure, litter and process wastewater into
    Rock Creek and an unnamed tributary of the Elkhorn River in Cuming County. The
    order requires the operation to comply with the Clean Water Act and its NPDES
    permit
    , and to construct feedlot waste controls. The facility has a permitted
    capacity of 1,200 cattle and was confining approximately 1,038 cattle at the
    time of the inspection.
  • S&S Cattle Company,
    Council Bluffs, IA – An inspection of the beef feedlot in May 2011 found that
    the operation discharges manure, litter and process wastewater into a series of
    drainage ditches that flow into an unnamed tributary of Mosquito Creek in
    Pottawattomie County. The operation has a capacity of 999 cattle and was
    confining approximately 730 cattle at the time of the inspection, classifying
    it as a medium CAFO. The order requires the operation to apply for an NPDES
    permit
    and construct feedlot waste controls, or reduce the number of cattle it
    confines below the regulatory threshold.


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