Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Farmers Crow Over Victory in Chicken Shit Law Suit

Hardy County chicken farmers talk about victory over EPA
Two Hardy County chicken farmers said they knew they had to stand up against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and fight for all poultry farmers.

“All my years, I’ve been taught that, if you believe in something, you fight for it,” said Lois Alt. Both Lois and Tony Alt were guests on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” to talk about the results of the lawsuit they filed against the EPA and won.

“It’s not just about us. Our name is on the case, but it’s all farmers. We have neighbors. Here in this area of West Virginia, poultry is the industry,” said Lois Alt.

Last week, U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled that stormwater from the Alt Eight is Enough farm in Hardy County, and sites like it, is not subject to EPA regulation under the Clean Water Act.
The rest of the article is a pretty decent (and mostly objective) review of the actions that led to this ruling. It's worth the read.  Or you can dig up my old posts on it:

Chesapeake Farmers Fear Regulation
EPA Drops Chicken Shit Law Suit
EPA to Farm Bureau: Butt Out!
Farmers Win Right To Help Fellow in Fight With EPA
Chicken Shit Farmer Wants Day In Court
Chicken Rancher Sues EPA
Man Bites Dog
CBF Denied Entry into Shitty Court Case
CBF Challanges Exclusion from Chicken Shit Law Suit
EPA Loses Chicken Shit Law Suit

How long before EPA goes to Congress to ask modify the Clean Water Act to cover ag runoff?

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