Callicrate Cattle Company receives orders from agency
By Karen Krien | firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 on Monday issued administrative compliance orders to six concentrated animal feeding operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, directing those operations to correct a range of violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Among those listed was Callicrate Feeding Company, St. Francis.
The enforcement activity, is aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program.
According to the report, an inspection in February identified failure to maintain adequate waste water storage capacity, failure to meet nutrient management plan requires, failure to conduct operations within areas that are controlled to prevent pollution and failure to maintain adequate records.
A.J. Jones, manager of the feed yard, was mad when talked to on Tuesday. We were following the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s instructions, he said, noting that the only violation might have been in keeping exact records.
Callicrate Cattle Company has been operating without issue under the rules of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for over 20 years, said Mike Callicrate, owner.
“I don’t understand why the Environmental Protection Agency is involved or why the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has appeared to cede their authority to the Feds,” Mr. Callicrate said. “The department of health and environment has authorized us to operate as we currently are.
“We run the cleanest cattle feeding operation I know of. We have never discharged even one drop of water outside our facility – never!”
Mr. Callicrate was also outraged that hay was being classified as a pollutant, requiring to be stored in a controlled discharge area.
“This really smells!” he said.
The order requires the operation to comply with all terms of the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, and to coordinate with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on its compliance. The order requires that the feed yard comply with the terms of its nutrient management plan, including sampling and record keeping requirements. The feedlot has a permitted capacity of 12,000 cattle and was confining approximately 3,219 cattle at the time of the inspection.
Mr. Jones said anyone can visit the feed yard anytime and he will be glad to show them where the charges are coming from.
EPA complaint“We have nothing to hide. We run a clean yard and I will be glad to have people come,” Mr. Jones concluded.
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