Idaho feedlot to pay EPA $42,000 after waste enters waterways

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A cattle feedlot has reached a settlement and will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $42,000 for discharging pollutants to a nearby river without a Clean Water Act permit.

The EPA said it received numerous complaints about W/T Land & Cattle, located west of Boise in Notus, Idaho, after the facility was flooded in 2011 with water from the Boise River. As the floodwaters receded, pollution from the feedlot washed into the river.

In a release from the EPA, Edward Kowalski, Director of EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle says Idaho’s water quality is guarded by monitoring different ways pollution can enter rivers and streams.

"Feedlot operators along rivers and streams need to be extra diligent to protect Idaho’s waters,” Kowalski said in the release. “In high water, animal waste can take several paths to nearby waterways. Feedlots discharging pollutants to waters of the United States need a permit.”

The EPA says pollutants often associated with animal waste can congest rivers and streams with algae, kill fish by reducing oxygen in the water and transmit waterborne diseases.

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Jackie Peterson    
Florida  |  June, 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oh, my! Not only were they flooded, they were fined. I guess next time a hurricane hits Florida with floods, we can look out. It is not as if anyone has control over flood waters. Or maybe we should all sue the EPA for lack of protection if we get hit with floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes.

SD  |  June, 30, 2013 at 07:26 PM

How many towns/cities hit with floods and discharging raw sewage into streams have been fined? I know Sioux Falls, SD, a city of more than 100,000 people did that and was not fined. How is raw sewage from so many people, carrying the more dangerous organisms from humans, not a more dangerous pollutant than cow manure, which basically is recycled green grass or hay????


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