EPA Files Enforcement Actions Against 8 NW Iowa Feedlots

EPA Region 7 has filed administrative compliance orders against eight beef feedlot operations in northwest Iowa for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. This is part of a targeted enforcement emphasis aimed at feedlots. The parties subject to the enforcement actions include:

Todd Bartman, doing business as Bartman Farms, of Rock Valley, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Randy Kats, doing business as Randy Kats Feedlot, of Rock Valley, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Tracy Onken, doing business as Tracy Onken Feedlot, of Carroll, Iowa, 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, Iowa. This stream is not shown as impaired by the State of Iowa.

SFI, Inc., of Nemaha, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Vernon Van Beek and Jason Dorhaut, doing business as Lone Tree Feedlot, of Inwood, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Terry Van Wyhe, doing business as Van Wyhe Feedlot, of Ireton, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Nathan Vohs, doing business as Nathan Vohs Feedlot, of Washta, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

Keith Zylstra, doing business as Zylstra Feedlot, of Ashton, Iowa, 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, Iowa.

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About James Pray

Attorney with BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.
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