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Iowa feedlots face EPA enforcement


August 16, 2010
By Manure Manager

August 13, 2010, Kansas City, KS – EPA Region 7 has taken a series of
civil enforcement actions against eight beef feedlot operations in
northwest Iowa for violations of the Clean Water Act.

August 13, 2010, Kansas City, KS – EPA Region 7 has taken a series of civil enforcement actions against eight beef feedlot operations in northwest Iowa for violations of the Clean Water Act.

All eight of the most recent enforcement actions involve administrative compliance orders issued to medium-sized CAFOs, which are feedlots that confine between 300 and 999 cattle and whose discharge is facilitated by a man-made conveyance.

The EPA has documented significant water quality problems associated with medium CAFOs and is making compliance at these operations a priority. Runoff from CAFOs may contain such pollutants as pathogens and sediment, as well as nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, all of which can harm aquatic life and impact water quality.

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All but two of the eight CAFOs listed below (excluding Tracy Onken Feedlot and Lone Tree Feedlot) discharge runoff into waters that have been officially identified by the State of Iowa as being impaired by pollutants typically associated with animal feeding operations:

Todd Bartman, doing business as Bartman Farms, of Rock Valley, IA, must apply for a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of the Rock River in Sioux County, IA.

Randy Kats, doing business as Randy Kats Feedlot, of Rock Valley, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of the Rock River in Sioux County, IA.

Tracy Onken, doing business as Tracy Onken Feedlot, of Carroll, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Storm Creek in Carroll County, IA.

SFI, Inc., of Nemaha, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at its facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into the Raccoon River in Sac County, IA.

Vernon Van Beek and Jason Dorhaut, doing business as Lone Tree Feedlot, of Inwood, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at their facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Dry Run Creek in Lyon County, IA.

Terry Van Wyhe, doing business as Van Wyhe Feedlot, of Ireton, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Six Mile Creek in Sioux County, IA.

Nathan Vohs, doing business as Nathan Vohs Feedlot, of Washta, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Four Mile Creek in Cherokee County, IA.

Keith Zylstra, doing business as Zylstra Feedlot, of Ashton, IA, must apply for an NPDES permit and complete wastewater controls at his facilities by October 31, 2011, to end unauthorized discharges of pollutants into a tributary of Otter Creek in Osceola County, IA.


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