DNR ISSUES NO-DISCHARGE PERMIT TO LONE JACK CAFO

After receiving heavy comment, Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources has approved a no-discharge permit for Valley Oaks Steak Company of Lone Jack.  The permit issued Friday by DNR will allow the Johnson County farm to house almost 7,000 cattle on their property about 30 miles southeast of Kansas City.  DNR says their staff has reviewed the application for completeness and compliance with the state’s clean water laws and commission regulations.  In separate responses to critics of the permit, notably Powell Gardens, DNR says that various issues raised, ranging from impacts on air quality and sensitive wildlife to economic and overall quality of life, didn’t fall within the scope of this permit action. However, critics will have 30 days to appeal DNR’s decision to the state Administrative Hearing Commission.