press release was issued today by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
regarding the fine levied on The Maschhoffs hog CAFO in Keosauqua, Iowa for its
November 2013 manure spill.
County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. (JFAN) is pleased to note that JFAN’s
legal counsel, David E. Sykes, is also Iowa legal counsel for HSUS and
represented the organization in filing the 60 day warning letter against The
Maschhoffs, as required under the Federal Clean Water Act. HSUS, founded in
1954, is the nation’s largest and most influential animal advocacy
Mr. Sykes is
also a principle in the Charlie Speer/Richard Middleton/David E. Sykes Iowa
legal team, representing communities fighting factory farms. To date, the team
has 16 cases under review.
To make this
press release relevant to local readership, JFAN has added two paragraphs (in red) to the original release.
Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc.
P.O. Box 811
Fairfield, IA 52556
www.jfaniowa.org • 641-209-6600
Iowa Factory Farm Fined $10,000 for Large Waste
Enforcement Comes After Coalition Issues Notice of Intent to
File Clean Water Act Lawsuit
2014) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined Illinois-based pork
producer The Maschhoffs $10,000 for a spill of animal waste from one of its sow
confinement operations in southeast Iowa. The action follows recent efforts by
a coalition of community, environmental and animal welfare organizations to
enforce federal environmental laws.
On Nov. 4,
2013, The Maschhoffs experienced a large spill of swine waste from its facility
in Keosauqua, Iowa. According to DNR, the event resulted in the discharge of
animal waste into an on-site creek that is a tributary of the Des Moines River.
The spill stemmed from an obstruction in the facility’s manure management
system, and followed another in late 2011.
the November spill, the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, through its
counsel the Environmental Integrity Project, and the Humane Society of the
United States notified DNR and The Maschhoffs of its intent to file a federal
Clean Water Act lawsuit concerning the Keosauqua facility.
attorney David E. Sykes is HSUS Iowa counsel, representing the organization in
its case against The Maschhoffs. Sykes is also the legal counsel for Jefferson
County Farmers & Neighbors, Inc. (JFAN) and a principal in the Charlie
Speer/Richard Middleton/David E. Sykes Iowa legal team.
Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection
litigation at The HSUS said, “This penalty is not a complete answer to this
operation’s environmental problems, but it will help deter future spills from
this and other abusive pig confinement facilities.”
farming and environment organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
said, “Iowa CCI members question why any opportunity for meaningful public
participation was cut out of the administrative enforcement
attorney for Environmental Integrity Project representing Iowa Citizens for
Community Improvement said, “Factory farms using outdated waste storage systems
that are prone to recurring failures and illegal discharges should have to
obtain Clean Water Act permits. Nonetheless, this Consent Order shows that
citizen efforts to hold both polluters and the DNR accountable are having an
impact in Iowa.”
E. Sykes, HSUS Iowa legal counsel said, “The joining together of these
well-established environmental groups to help Iowans protect themselves from
the proliferation of CAFOs is a sign of a growing resistance to proliferating
CAFOs in Iowa. These are positive steps on the long road towards
protecting and reclaiming the quality of life for Iowa communities. ”
Located near a
bend of the Des Moines River, The Maschhoffs’ Keosauqua facility is an
industrial sow feeding operation that confines approximately 7,500 pigs and
produces more than 11 million gallons of liquefied animal waste per year. The
section of the Des Moines River adjoining the facility is listed in accordance
with the Clean Water Act as impaired for biological pollutants. Despite
hundreds of spills, Iowa DNR has never required a hog factory farm to obtain a
Clean Water Act permit.
for Community Improvement is represented by The Environmental Integrity
Project, and the Humane Society of the United States is represented by David
Sykes of David E. Sykes, P.C. in
Fairfield Iowa and lawyers with the HSUS’ animal protection litigation section.
Environmental Integrity Project
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former
EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of
environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of
how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution
and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as
individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with
environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of
environmental laws – on the Web at environmentalintegrity.org
Citizens for Community Improvement
is a 37-year-old statewide non-profit grassroots organization. Iowa CCI has led
the fight against factory farms in Iowa for the past 15 years and has pushed
for better environmental and permitting laws for factory farms on the state and
national level – on the Web at iowacci.org.
Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization,
rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting
for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on
programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but
our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all
animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and
confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org
Humane Society of the United States
Animals, Confronting Cruelty