- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

OSSIAN, Iowa (AP) - A livestock operator has agreed to pay $7,500 after environmental officials say it violated clean water regulations at its dairy operation in northeast Iowa.

The Region 7 office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says E&M; Farms, Inc. will pay the civil penalty to settle allegations that it discharged pollutants.

The EPA says an inspection of the operation near Ossian revealed pollutants from the 500-head dairy facility were entering Dry Branch Creek, a perennial stream. The pollutants allegedly came from outdoor production areas, including confinement pens.

Officials say the facility met the definition of a medium concentrated animal feeding operation because the discharge was facilitated by a man-made transportation process. It means it was subject to federal regulations.

A message left for E&M; Farms was not immediately returned Friday.



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