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POULTRY FARM RUNOFF
W.Va. chicken farmer wins lawsuit against EPA over stormwater runoff, demand she seek permits
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:01 PM EDT
A federal judge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has no legal right to force a West Virginia chicken farmer to obtain pollution permits for runoff from her Hardy County farm.
The EPA withdrew threatened fines against Alt and had offered to dismiss the case.
The American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus joined Alt in keeping it alive because of the implications for poultry growers throughout the region.
The farm bureaus called EPA's attempt to require Alt and a Virginia farmer to seek permits an illegal overreach of authority.
EPA officials didn't immediately comment.