EPA declares hay a pollutant


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Comment by Jim Campbell

ATTENTION THIS IS NOT A PARODY, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF AN OBAMA AGENCY RUN A MUCK.  The EPA must be stripped of all funding allocated for trying to associate CO2 or Hydrogen Sulfide gas, AKA farting.

All members of Congress and the President must be billed for every moment they open their mouths.  Records of theirs anal gas eruptions will be on the honor system.  We can trust them right?

In a news release this week, R-CALF USA says the Environmental Protection Agency has, in effect, declared hay a pollutant, potentially requiring farmers and ranchers to store it in pollution containment zones.

The issue stems from a compliance order from EPA’s Region 7 charging Callicrate Feeding Company with environmental violations. The Region 7 office outlined the alleged violations in an August 22 news release. Following is the information provided regarding the Callicrate operation in the release.

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13 responses to “EPA declares hay a pollutant

  1. If indeed hay is declared a pollutant, that would be outrageous; however, if your statement is hyperbole, you do us all a disservice by losing some credibility for all of us who are fighting to downsize the federal government.
    (Glenn Neal is a retired lawyer and the author of “The Second American Revolution: One Way or the Other”).

  2. Just plain stupid!!!!! Give me a break I heard of this before. If that the case Miss Barney Frank should be fired and arrested for danger in the White House putting lives in danger!!!

  3. Loved to find that website,. thanks,..

  4. I think we should get rid of the EPA. I don’t know who put it in place, but if it can manipulated by the President, it is useless and need to be closed. Hay ia Not a pollutant. Soon they will declare water a pollutant and you will have to eat some designed water.

  5. Nobody should be surprised at this kind of trivial harassment that will prevent people from even ranching/farming. One by One say bye-bye to any kind of work that will allow a family to be self-supporting. It’s all part of the bigger plan to make every person – outside the elite circle – dependent upon government for their requirements to live. Again, I say when people depend on government to feed & shelter their families, they don’t fight any idea that government comes up with. Example: Hitler leading the Jews to the death camps. They were all dependent upon their government and they watched things unfold, denying to themselves that what they saw was real. When you admit it is real, you are forced to act upon it – and they couldn’t. Feels like a replay to me.

    Obama will not be daunted from his mission. He will create a riot of some type. So far, he’s pushed poor against wealthy, black against white, Unions against businesses, Republicans & Tea Party members against Democrats……I think he’s pushing for an opportunity to declare Martial Law. If that happens before the election, the election can be canceled & those in office can remain up to four more years. What a great plan huh?

  6. In a news release this week, R-CALF USA says the Environmental Protection Agency has, in effect, declared hay a pollutant, potentially requiring farmers and ranchers to store it in pollution containment zones.

    The issue stems from a compliance order from EPA’s Region 7 charging Callicrate Feeding Company with environmental violations. The Region 7 office outlined the alleged violations in an August 22 news release. Following is the information provided regarding the Callicrate operation in the release:

    “A.J. Jones, d/b/a Callicrate Feeding Company, St. Francis, Kan. – An inspection in February 2011 identified significant NPDES permit violations, including failure to maintain adequate wastewater storage capacity, failure to meet Nutrient Management Plan requirements, failure to conduct operations within areas that are controlled in a manner capable of preventing pollution, and failure to maintain adequate records. The order requires the operation to comply with all terms of the Clean Water Act and its NPDES permit, and to coordinate with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on its compliance. The order requires the operation to comply with the terms of its Nutrient Management Plan, including sampling and recordkeeping requirements. The feedlot has a permitted capacity of 12,000 cattle and was confining approximately 3,219 cattle at the time of the inspection.”

    According to the R-CALF release, Mike Callicrate, after presenting information on country of origin labeling at R-CALF’s annual convention last week, was asked whether the EPA has declared hay a pollutant. He indicated that in his case at least, they have. “Now that EPA has declared hay a pollutant, every farmer and rancher that stores hay, or that leaves a broken hay bale in the field is potentially violating EPA rules and subject to an EPA enforcement action,” Callicrate said. “How far are we going to let this agency go before we stand up and do something about it?”

    Much of release moves from the hay issue to broader complaints against concentration in the packing and feeding sectors, including implications that packers are conspiring to drive small feeders out of business. The title of the release, “EPA declares hay a pollutant in effort to antagonize small and mid-sized U.S. cattle feeders,” and additional statements in the release, suggest EPA is singling out certain feeding operations for enforcement actions. “I believe the EPA’s enforcement action is a premeditated effort by EPA to partner with the beef packers to finish the job the beef packer’s couldn’t do alone,” says Callicrate. “Along with my feedlot, the EPA has filed enforcement actions against five other smaller feedlots, including one with only 400 cattle.”

    The idea that the EPA has joined a conspiracy with packers against small cattle feeders seems a bit of a stretch, but the hay-storage issue certainly raises concerns. The information provided in the EPA news release uses a fairly broad accusation of “significant NPDES permit violations,” but does not mention anything about hay storage. Drovers/CattleNetwork has contacted EPA’s Region 7 for more information on specific charges in the case. We’ll let you know what we find out.

  7. EPA Never Said Hay is a Pollutant

    By Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator

    A Kansas feedlot operator is trying to make hay by falsely claiming that EPA defined hay as a water pollutant.

    The owner of the Callicrate Feeding Company has been spinning a “hay-as-pollutant” myth through the blogosphere for a couple of weeks now. While the company is certainly entitled to its own opinions about EPA, the company is not entitled to its own set of facts.

    Here are the facts. On August 15, EPA’s Region 7, which includes Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and nine tribal nations, took action to correct several serious environmental violations at the Callicrate Feeding Company in St. Francis, Kansas. EPA found water permit violations at Callicrate’s operation that needed to be addressed. The compliance order was not based on hay. Nor would EPA have issued such an action based on hay.

    To be clear: The order had nothing to do with hay. At no place in the 11-page order is the word “hay” mentioned. Nor is there mention of alfalfa or grass.

    EPA cited the Callicrate operation for failure to control harmful runoff, maintain adequate manure storage capacity, keep adequate operation records, and meet the state and federal requirements of its nutrient management plan. Compliance Order (PDF) (11 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF)

    EPA inspectors observed silage, and dried distillers grains within the uncontrolled feedstock storage area.

    When stored inappropriately, the silage and grains can turn into a liquid material that contains contaminants detrimental to water quality. EPA inspectors also observed slaughter wastes being stored outside in an uncontrolled area. The EPA order was based on those contaminants and the other violations mentioned above.

    The Callicrate facility is permitted by the State of Kansas for a capacity of 12,000 head of beef cattle and had 3,200 head at the time of the inspection. Under EPA definitions, 1,000 head of beef is considered a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). This is not a small operation. The permitted capacity puts the company in the top five percent of the largest animal feeding operations in Region 7.

    This action by EPA was issued to correct problems. Less than two weeks after the order was issued, Callicrate’s attorney informed us that the company had already taken action to address the problems identified in EPA’s order.

    We have some indication of how other producers have perceived this fracas in a feedlot. Region 7’s offer to meet with Kansas cattle producers to discuss CAFO enforcement was warmly received and we will be meeting within days. Drover/Cattle Network published an article debunking the “hay-as-pollutant” myth.

    As that article concludes: “But as the industry confronts and negotiates these genuine regulatory issues, R-CALF’s claim that ‘EPA declares hay a pollutant to antagonize small and mid-sized U.S. cattle feeders’ is unnecessary, inflammatory hyperbole.”

    Brooks is administrator for U.S. EPA Region 7 that includes Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and nine tribal nations.

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