EPA officials have instructed three Nebraska beef feedlots and one egg laying operation to comply with federal Clean Water Act regulations.
EPA Region 7 officials from Kansas City, Kansas have issued administrative compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
The EPA says M.G. Waldbaum Company, which does business as Bloom N Egg Farm in Bloomfield, has been found illegally dumping wastewater from poultry manure into a tributary of Little Bazile Creek in Knox County. The EPA has ordered Waldbaum to quit manure discharge, install runoff controls and comply with the Clean Water Act. The violations stem from September of 2010.
An inspection of Dave Uecker Livestock in Norfolk, owned by Michael and David Ueker, earlier this year disclosed illegal dumping of manure, litter and process wastewater from its beef feedlot into a tributary of the North Fork in Elkhorn River in Madison County. The EPA has ordered the operation to construct feedlot waste controls or reduce its herd.
This spring, an inspection of Ritter Feedyards of Beemer disclosed illegal discharge of manure, litter and process wastewater into Rock Creek and a tributary of the Elkhorn River in Cuming County. The EPA has order Ritter to construct feedlot waste controls.
EPA inspectors found numerous Clean Water Act violations at Reigle Farms of Madison, owned by John Reigle, in June. Reigle illegally discharged from a holding pond into a tributary of Tracy Creek in Madison County. The EPA also found that Reigle didn’t have enough capacity in the holding pond, didn’t have a way to adequately gauge its capacity and failed to keep adequate records. It also failed to timely notify state authorities of the problem. Reigle has been ordered to end operations until it can properly manage wastewater.