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Iowa DNR finds Marble Rock animal feeding operation out of compliance

Iowa DNR finds Marble Rock animal feeding operation out of compliance


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) entered an administrative consent order with S&V LLC over manure application violations on Thursday, July 8.  

On Jan. 8, the DNR received complaints that manure from S&V was being applied on snow near homes in Marble Rock. An investigation from the DNR on the same day revealed that S&V had been applying manure just 350 feet from a home across the street.

Upon further inspection, it was also revealed to the DNR that Bill Vorhes, the operator of S&V, was not certified to apply manure, and that S&V had no certified manure applicants since Dec. 31, 2018.

S&V was also found to be out of compliance with the DNR in 2016 for failing to have a certified manure applicator.

Vorhes received his manure application certification shortly after the DNR inspection on Jan. 27.

As a result, the DNR and S&V entered an administrative consent order to ensure that S&V will comply with distance restrictions on manure application, and that manure will only be applied to land by a certified manure applicant in the future.

Vorhes was also fined $4,500 for the incident, $500 for receiving unfair economic benefit, $1,500 for the impact of the violations and $2,500 for knowingly having been informed of the regulations regarding manure application certifications prior to this violation.

Portions of the Clear Lake Seawall can be seen heavily weathered and even crumbling in some spots.

Zachary Dupont covers politics and business development for the Globe Gazette. You can reach him at 641-421-0533 or Follow Zachary on Twitter at @ZachNDupont


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