U.S. EPA to hold forum with livestock producers on animal feeding operation inspections

From a press release by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 office:

EPA Region 7 representatives will meet with livestock producers on Thursday, August 30, at the American Legion Hall, 210 W. Head Street, Arcadia, Iowa.

EPA’s inspection program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), winter feeding areas, aerial overflights, medium-sized CAFOs, nutrient management plans and manure stockpiles will be discussed. EPA staff will also review the selection of CAFOs for inspection, flyover practices and details about CAFO on-the-ground inspections.

“It is important for our regional staff to be out in the countryside so we can talk with livestock producers about EPA’s role in protecting water quality,” Karl Brooks, regional administrator said. “EPA works with farmers to protect Iowa’s streams and rivers and this meeting helps us meet our water quality goals.”

There will be an opportunity for attendees to interact with EPA officials during a question-and-answer session led by Shawn Shouse, of Iowa State University Extension.

EPA is working with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa State University Extension, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to encourage livestock producers’ attendance.

At a glance:

WHAT: Meeting about EPA’s inspection program for CAFOs
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 210 W. Head Street, Arcadia, Iowa, 51430
WHO: EPA Region 7 representatives attending this event will include Josh Svaty, senior adviser to the regional administrator; Stephen Pollard, CAFO compliance and enforcement coordinator; and Trevor Urban, senior CAFO inspector.

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