A cattle feedlot near Broken Bow, Nebraska has agreed to pay a 145-thousand dollar civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for illegal discharges into nearby Mud Creek.
According to a Region 7 EPA news release, Adams Land and Cattle Company discharged process waste water into an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek on 13 occasions between April 2007 and October 2010. EPA says the discharges were a result of several factors, including inadequate waste storage capacity in holding basins and failure of piping associated with land application practices.
A Region 7 EPA spokesman tells Brownfield that this enforcement action resulted from on-the-ground inspections and is not related to the EPA’s controversial CAFO aerial inspection program.
EPA says that, when it inspected the Adams feedlot in December 2010, there were approximately 83-thousand head of cattle in confinement.
By agreeing to the settlement, Adams Land and Cattle Company has certified that it is in compliance with the Clean Water Act.