May 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports the agency has entered into a voluntary, enforceable agreement known as a “Consent Order,” with a Pottawattamie County livestock producer.
Cyclone Cattle, L.L.C. has agreed to maintain its open feedlot 36488 Beechnut Road, in Carson, in accordance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and pay $3,500 penalty for past water quality violations which allegedly occurred in March, 2010.  $2,000 of the penalty will be paid to Pottawattamie County Conservation Board for environmental projects in the county. The penalty has been paid.
The DNR has also reached “Consent agreements” with two western Iowa individuals.
In Harrison County, Walter H. Marshall, Jr., of Missouri Valley, has agreed to make a payment of $260, which satisfies the administrative penalty obligation of order. And, in Mills County, Kenneth Knight Sr. has agreed to pay a $500 penalty for open dumping and open burning violations which allegedly occurred in January 2009 and March, 2010.

A consent amendment is issued in settlement of a previous administrative order or to amend a pre-existing consent order. A consent amendment indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.