By Oregon Department of Agriculture,
ODA issues civil penalties for CAFO violations in 2013
During 2013, the Oregon Department of Agriculture Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program had an average of 519 facilities registered to a CAFO Permit. Program staff conducted 721 inspections with facility operators. During 2013, the program issued 34 Notices of Non Compliance (NON), which equal four percent of the total inspections performed. Of the 34 NONs issued, eight resulted in the program issuing civil penalties amounting to $11,295.00. The civil penalties issued represent one percent of the total inspections conducted during 2013.
The CAFO civil penalties include those issued for administrative permit violations:
– Eugene Livestock Auction, Inc. was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Heart of the Rogue Farm in Grants Pass was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Shan-Cole Farm of Tillamook was issued a $640 civil penalty for failing to submit an annual report.
– Parker Dairy of Astoria was issued a $600 civil penalty for violations related to CAFO license fees.
The civil penalties issued for administrative permit violations were 50 percent of the total civil penalties issued.
CAFO civil penalties also include those issued for discharge or other permit non-compliance:
– Jer-Osa Organic Dairy of Gervais was issued a $4,455 civil penalty for discharging manure to surface waters of the state.
– Moisan Dairy of Salem was issued a $2,880 civil penalty for failure to follow the facility’s approved animal waste management plan.
– DeVries Dairy of Turner was issued a $1,280 civil penalty for discharging manure to surface waters of the state.
– Jenck Farms LLC of Tillamook was issued a $160 civil penalty for failure to follow the facility’s approved animal waste management plan.
In addition, ODA’s Agriculture Water Quality Management Program logged 49 new water quality compliance complaints in 2013. Program staff conducted 68 site visits to properties complaints were filed against. During 2013, the program issued 27 Letters of Warning; 26 Water Quality Advisories, and 2 Notices of Noncompliance (NON), which equal 1.2 percent of the total site visits performed. No civil penalties were issued in 2013.
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