The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering 13 Chino area dairies to comply with Clean Water Act requirements to prevent dairy manure waste and other pollutants from reaching local waterways.
Among the violations discovered at the dairies subject to EPA's orders were:
"To protect the Santa Ana River watershed, we're taking action to ensure these dairies are prepared for the upcoming winter rains, when animal waste could flow from their dairies into nearby creeks and streams," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "We will also be evaluating whether monetary penalties are appropriate, pursuant to our authority under the federal Clean Water Act."
Inspections to evaluate permit compliance at dairies are an ongoing focus of the EPA and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Between November 2010 and February 2011, Water Board representatives inspected dozens of dairies in the Chino area.
"The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board welcomes and benefits from its partnership with U.S. EPA in regulating waste discharges from dairies within the Santa Ana Region," said Kurt Berchtold, Executive Officer of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. "We look forward to continued cooperative activities with the EPA in the future to enforce Clean Water Act requirements at the dairies within our region."
Through its administrative process, the EPA is ordering the following dairies to immediately comply with their permit requirements issued by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board:
The EPA orders are intended to improve the dairies' environmental performance as quickly as possible by bringing them into compliance with the basic requirements of their permits.
For more information on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) program, please visit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/index.cfm and click on the following links, NPDES Information, NPDES Permit Program Basics, and concentrated animal feeding operations.
For more information on the EPA Administrative Orders, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region09/water/npdes/compliance.html
For more information on the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, please visit: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb8/
SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency