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  • Environmental impact of animal waste

    North and South Carolina have seen a steady increase in swine production over the last 15 years. In North Carolina alone, swine production generates approximately a quarter of the state’s gross farm receipts. The presence of so many large-scale pig farms leads to the problem of proper animal waste disposal.   The most common practice in the Carolinas is storing animal waste in ...

  • Pew Commission calls for better US animal waste treatment

    One step beyond her front door, Jayne Clampitt is greeted with the toxic fumes flowing from the roughly 1 million gallons of hog manure stored at her neighbor's farm. She no longer dries her family's laundry outside, her children avoid the nearby polluted stream, and she worries that their shallow drinking well will also be contaminated with toxins. 'We thought there was this unspoken connection ...

  • EPA issues compliance orders to seven concentrated animal feeding operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska

    EPA Region 7 announced today that it has issued administrative compliance orders to seven concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, directing those operations to correct a range of violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Region 7’s latest round of CAFO enforcement activity, aimed at encouraging producers’ compliance with the Clean Water Act and ...

  • Company fined after pig effluent causes water pollution

    A company that runs a pig farm in Essex has been fined £15,000 after effluent from its animals twice polluted a ditch which drains into the Colne Estuary. A.M. Gray & Co Limited caused water pollution on two occasions after pig slurry from their Bocking Hall Pig Farm, in West Mersea, got into a tributary of the Pyefleet Channel earlier this year. The company pleaded ...

  • Texas egg producer to pay $1.9 million penalty to resolve clean water act violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) today announced that Mahard Egg Farm, Inc., a Texas corporation, will pay a $1.9 million penalty to resolve claims that the company violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at its egg production facilities in Texas and Oklahoma. The civil penalty is the largest amount to be paid in a federal enforcement action ...

  • EPA executes warrant in Hughes County, Oklahoma (OK)

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), accompanied by inspectors from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF), U.S. Marshals and officials from the Hughes County Sheriff’s Department, executed a warrant at Bishop Farms I and II, in Hughes County, Oklahoma, the EPA announced today. Once the warrant was served on Tuesday, July 6, EPA and ODAFF conducted a joint ...

  • A model farm for emissions studies

    Anyone downwind of a pig barn knows that animal production facilities generate some notable emissions. Now Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have reported that preliminary findings from wind tunnel studies indicate that positioning farm buildings perpendicular to prevailing winds could help reduce odors from downwind lagoons or tanks. Wind speed and direction, topography, structures, ...

  • Bernardin Lochmueller Awarded Patent for CAFO Wastewater Treatment Wetlands

    Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates (BLA), a leader in sustainable infrastructure design, recently received a method patent for its Eco-Treatment™ constructed wetland system to treat wastewater from animal confinement operations (Patent No. US 8,021,551 B2). Manure management processes by Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have come under increasing scrutiny. Some CAFOs store ...


    By Lochmueller Group, Inc.

  • Start-up promises to revolutionise shrimp farming

    A UK start-up says it has developed a low-cost, ecological alternative to traditional shrimp farming by using bacteria as both a water filter and food for its shrimp. IKEA-like portable units using microbes and solar power to cheaply grow shrimp indoors ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rainfall and manure application timing affect organic carbon losses

    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) losses from tile drains are an underquantified portion of the terrestrial carbon cycle. This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape. Specific land management practices, such as manure application, can play a large role in the export of DOC as soluble organic carbon is applied to or injected into ...

  • Civil enforcement actions taken against beef feedlots in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska for violations of clean water act (IA, KS, NE)

    EPA Region 7 has taken a series of civil enforcement actions against six beef feedlot operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska for violations of the Clean Water Act, as part of an increased emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) into the region’s rivers and streams. “EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made it ...

  • American Biogas Council 2015 Award Winners

    The American Biogas Council (ABC) presented its annual awards during an evening reception at BioCycle’s 15th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling (BioCycle REFOR15) in Danvers, Massachusetts in October. BioCycle REFOR15 is the Official Conference of ABC. “The Biogas Industry Awards not only recognize excellent projects and innovations,” explained ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

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