VALLEY, Iowa (Legal Newsline) — The Department of Justice and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Jan. 19 that Meadowvale Dairy
LLC will pay $160,000 and make changes to its business practices after
allegations of violating the Clean Water Act at its animal feeding operations
in Rock Valley, Iowa.
settlement sends a clear message that concentrated animal feeding operations
must comply with the Clean Water Act in order to prevent future discharges into our
waters,” said John C. Cruden, assistant attorney general for the Justice
Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “The agreement
requires remedial measures to reduce pollutants and protect aquatic ecosystems
in the short term, as well as third party auditing to ensure long-term
compliance with the terms of the consent decree and the controlling permits.”
to the Justice Department, Meadowvale has violated its two National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System permits multiple times since 2002. The two main issues are fish
kills in tributaries that lead to the Big Sioux River and unauthorized
discharges of stormwater runoff into the tributaries.
majority of animal feeding operations adhere to the law and actively seek to be
responsible stewards of the environment,” said Mark Hague, EPA Region 7
regional administrator. “The settlement helps ensure a level playing
field for all operators by holding those who violate environmental regulations