Clean Water Act Enforcement: Mines to Beef Feedlots

A couple of environmental enforcement headlines caught my attention recently, both relating to the Clean Water Act (CWA).  According to a news release by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Silver Corporation settled a CWA violation to the tune of $87,000.  According to the EPA, the violations included “unpermitted discharges of mine tailings…”

The second story in Brownfield states, “The EPA’s Region 7 has issued administrative compliance orders to seven concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas instructing them to correct violations of the Clean Water Act.”

The violations at the feedlots included, “…wastewater discharges by unpermitted medium and large CAFOs, discharges by a large CAFO in violation of its NPDES permit, failures to maintain adequate storage capacity for wastes, and a large CAFO’s failure to adequately track its land application activities…”

This is not the first EPA initiative focused on livestock agriculture (see our December 28, 2010 & November 8, 2010 blog entries) and not likely to be the last.

If you have questions, concerns or need assistance with compliance relating to the Clean Water Act, contact Matthew Schroder, P.E. (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228.

EPA News Link: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/f9668ede3dd4057e85257892007d8c81?OpenDocument.

Brownfield News Link: http://brownfieldagnews.com/2011/05/16/7-cafos-issued-epa-compliance-orders/

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