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EPA Orders Kevin Basham Farm to Stop Discharging Pollutants Into Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 03/16/2012
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – March 16, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Kevin Basham Farm in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, for unauthorized discharges of chicken litter into a tributary of the Dugdemona River.

The Kevin Basham Farm chicken broiler facility is a concentrated animal feeding operation located approximately five miles east of Arcadia on the south side of U.S. Highway 80 in Lincoln Parish. The facility has been ordered to immediately stop all discharges of pollutants into waters of the United States.

“We expect poultry farms to follow the rules that protect our communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “Owners and operators of animal feeding operations have a responsibility to comply with the law.”

On January 25, 2012, the EPA inspected the farm and found unauthorized discharges of pollutants from chicken litter storage piles and barns to an unnamed tributary of the Dugdemona River.

As a result of the inspection, the Kevin Basham Farm has been ordered to immediately take action to stop all discharges of pollutants from their facilities chicken litter storage piles and barns. Within 30 days they must submit to the EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a certified summary, including photographs, that document the unauthorized discharges have been stopped.

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/mar2012.html

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