Preparing for an EPA or DNR Inspection: Part III

11-28-2016 in Livestock

Iowa’s livestock farmers are subject to inspections by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Because these assessments usually occur with little or no notice to the farmer, it is essential to be prepared for your livestock or poultry farm to be inspected at any time. Follow these simple compliance checks to ensure your farm is in accordance with the environmental rules and regulations, and to learn how to best respond to potential DNR or EPA inquiries.

Part III: After the Inspection

1.) Organize Notes & Obtain the Inspection Report

Following the inspection, ask the point of contact to summarize the inspection and exit interview in written form. Compare these notes to the EPA or DNR report to identify any errors. All owners or management not present at the time of the inspection should be informed about what information was collected. If potential violations were noted, contact legal counsel to determine how to proceed.

2.) Respond to the DNR or EPA Requests and Conclusions

If additional information was requested at the time of the inspection, provide it to the inspector as soon as possible. You may wish to consult with legal counsel to help prepare this information and communicate with the environmental organization on your behalf.

The EPA responds to non-compliance in a number of ways including: a letter notifying the farm of violations, administrative compliance order, administrative compliance order plus an administrative penalty, civil judicial enforcement action (penalties and/or injunctive relief) or criminal enforcement. Any of these non-compliance notices require immediate attention.

3.) Correct All Violations

Once you are aware of what violations have been issued to your farm, correct them as quickly as possible. Your cooperation will demonstrate a cooperative attitude and will reduce any “per day” penalties.

For more information about preparing for a DNR or EPA inspection, visit www.supportfarmers.com/InspectionInfo or call 1-800-932-2436.

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