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Idaho dairy farmer pays nearly $6,000 for alleged violations


March 10, 2009
By U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

March 10, 2009, Boise, Id – The owner of C Bar M Dairy has agreed to
pay a $5,800 penalty to settle alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations.

March 10, 2009, Boise, Id – The owner of C Bar M Dairy has agreed to pay a $5,800 penalty to settle alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the violations occurred near the C Bar M Dairy located in Jerome, Idaho.

On February 20, 2008, C Bar M Dairy discharged manure to Canal J, which flows into the Snake River. Ledbetter’s manure land application truck had pulled up to the canal and discharged manure waste into the canal while attempting to draw water from the canal into the truck. The discharge of pollutants was not authorized by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, and therefore was in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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According to James Werntz, Idaho operations office director for EPA, producers need to make every effort to keep manure and liquid wastes out of creeks, canals, and rivers.

“Manure and wastewater have the potential to contribute pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, organic matter, sediments, pathogens, heavy metals, hormones, antibiotics, and ammonia to the environment,” said Werntz. “Excess nutrients in water, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, can result in or contribute to fish kills.”

For more information about EPA’s National Enforcement Priorities and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, visit http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/anafoidx.html.


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