EPA representatives are coming to Lexington to talk about the agency’s inspections of concentrated animal feeding operations.
EPA is under fire for flying over feedlots in Nebraska and Iowa, doing reconnaisance that U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson say duplicates state oversight.
On Monday, July 2, will be in Lexington from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway.
EPA (Region 7-Kansas City) inspections are part of an increased emphasis on ending discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams, EPA officials said Monday in announcing the meeting.
“It is important for EPA Region 7 staff to be out in the countryside so we can educate communities about EPA's job and how inspections support the agency's duties," EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said.
Topics at the meeting will include selection of CAFOs for inspection, aerial overflights to assess CAFOs, winter feeding areas, manure stockpiling and nutrient management plans.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions.
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.