State issues several fines for manure violations
State issues several fines for manure violations

A train collided with a manure spreader in Marion County on June 20, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Iowa DNR)

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently fined several livestock operations and a manure hauler for infractions that ranged from failing to submit animal waste management plans to a manure spill that resulted from a train collision.

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The crash happened in June 2023, when an employee of Magnum Custom Hauling, of South English, was transporting up to 6,000 gallons of manure in Marion County.

Employee Deal Keasling was operating a tractor that pulled a manure spreader on a gravel road south of Pleasantville when he approached a railway and noticed a train, according to a DNR order.

“When he saw the train, he realized he wasn’t going to be able to stop, so he basically floored it,” said Janet Gastineau, a senior environmental specialist for the DNR.

There is a bend in the road at the railway intersection and wooded areas nearby that might have obscured Keasling’s view of the train, which struck the manure spreader. Keasling’s certification to handle the manure had expired, the order said.

No one was injured, Gastineau said, but an unspecified amount of manure went into nearby Coon Creek. The pollution did not kill fish.

Magnum and Keasling were ordered to pay a $4,975 fine.

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The DNR also recently fined five livestock operations for failing to submit required plans to manage their manure, which helps ensure the manure is not excessively applied to fields:

— Nolan Junker of New Hartford was fined $7,000 for his late submittal last year of a manure management plan for his two hog confinements that have about 3,800 animals, according to a DNR order. That follows another fine of $3,000 the department levied against Junker for failing to submit the plan in 2022. The order said Junker had not paid the previous fine or provided the 2022 plan when the DNR issued the recent fine.

— Douglas Riesberg of Carroll was fined $6,000 for failing to submit manure management plans in 2022 for two hog confinements in Carroll County that together have about 8,500 animals, according to a DNR order. Riesberg has been repeatedly cited in recent years for similar violations, the order said.

— Wenger Pork LLC of Grand Junction was fined $4,000. The company purchased two hog confinements in Winnebago County in December 2022 but did not submit manure management plans for them within 60 days, according to a DNR order. The department did not receive the plans until October 2023. The facilities have a total of about 8,300 animals.

— PMI Porkin LLC of Paullina was fined $3,000 for failing to submit a phosphorus index manure management plan in April 2023, which is required every four years, a DNR order said. The plan was filed with the department in August. PMI operates a hog confinement in O’Brien County with 2,400 animals.

— Mississippi Valley Meat Inc. of Coralville was fined $3,000 for failing to submit an annual manure management plan by Aug. 1, 2023, a DNR order said. The company owns a swine operation with about 2,200 animals in Kossuth County. The plan was submitted late in each of the past three years.

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