Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin might want to take note of a recent job opening in EPA Region 5. According to a recent EPA job posting, EPA Region 5 is looking for a “CAFO Enforcement Officer.” The CAFO Enforcement Officer will conduct inspections, investigate cases of violation, and/or prepare enforcement actions.
The focus of the new inspector’s role, according to the job posting, will be enforcement under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which is part of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
As an aside, there is a deadline for compliance with the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans this fall, which is also under the CWA.
With the EPA hiring new “sheriffs” to focus on CAFOs, you can draw your own conclusion about what this may mean (see our June 3, 2011, blog posting for more on EPA’s focus on CAFOs).
Here is link to the EPA Region 5 position http://www.ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Lists/agecon_undergrad_jobs_full/Attachments/177/EPA%20-%20CAFO%20Enforcement%20Officer.pdf