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Kansas cattle producer responds to EPA claims on pollutant hay

Mike Callicrate, Kansas cattle producer, responds to EPA claims.

From: No-Bull Food News

The article in Drovers Journal, “Region 7 EPA Administrator Sets Record Straight,” needs some clarification.

Author Steve Vance was mistaken in his statement, “Last year the Environmental Protection Agency inspected a feedlot in St. Francis, Kan.” The first EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) inspection of Callicrate Cattle Co. occurred this year, February 2, 2011. He follows that by saying, “The inspector discussed the findings with the operator, Mike Callicrate, and prepared a notice of violation indicating changes that needed to be made.” Again, not true. EPA inspector, Trevor Urban, talked with A.J. Jones, Callicrate Cattle Co. manager, not with me.

The inspector’s report did not mention anything about retaining water runoff from the feed production area. We were informed through the EPA Order, and essentially simultaneously in EPA’s national news release, that EPA found a violation with water runoff from the “feedstock storage area,” the site where our hay is stored.

Mr. Vance quotes Karl Brooks, EPA’s regional administrator, as saying, “The violation [Count 4] was on the basis of uncontrolled, unmanaged feedstocks that included things like distillers grain and other feeds, it did not include hay.” Contrary to the statement, there were no distillers grains in outside storage at the time of the EPA inspection. Hay and a very small pile of silage were the only commodities in the “production area” not stored under roof. There was no differentiation made between hay, which was by far the major commodity in the area, or any other feed ingredient in the production and storage area by anyone from EPA.

For more, see: Setting the record straight – Hay is not a “pollutant”

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