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Illinois EPA Refers Traditions South Dairy to Attorney General for Enforcement

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October 8, 2010


Illinois EPA Refers Traditions South Dairy to Attorney General for Enforcement

Agency alleges water pollution as result of illegal silage discharge



SPRINGFIELD-Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott has asked the Illinois Attorney General's office to proceed with an enforcement action against Traditions South Dairy for polluting the waters of the State as the result of a silage discharge reported to the Agency on October 1.


The Dairy is located at 12504 South Canyon Road in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, and is owned by A.J. Bos of Bakersfield, California. The Dairy is not yet populated with dairy cattle, but harvests and stores corn silage at the site.


On October 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contacted the Illinois EPA regarding reports of the presence of a purple discharge in an unnamed tributary to the South Fork of the Apple River. Illinois EPA responded immediately to the Traditions site and initiated an inspection, including collection of samples of the contaminated water. Traditions took some immediate action to mitigate the additional discharge, but the discharge had apparently begun the evening before. The Illinois EPA is waiting for lab results and assessing data to determine the specific makeup of the contaminants of concern.


The Illinois EPA alleges that Traditions caused or allowed the discharge of silage leachate, a contaminant, from a silage leachate pond into an unnamed tributary to the South Fork of the Apple River, causing water pollution. In addition, Traditions allowed the discharge of the silage leachate into the waters of the State without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for point source discharges.


The Illinois EPA requests that the Attorney General require Traditions to complete the clean up the silage that escaped from the leachate pond, which was initiated on October 1, 2010, under Illinois EPA supervision, and that they obtain an NDPES permit.


The Illinois EPA will continue to provide technical and other support, as needed, to the Attorney General, as well as to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Sounds like another slap on the wrist....what a joke. So what...they clean it up....get business up and running again and then we all wait for the next spill.

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