EPA cries ‘uncle’ in face of lawsuit, withdraws threat against W.Va. chicken farmer

The Environmental Protection Agency is backing off from a controversial lawsuit that brought farming groups out of the woodwork to defend a West Virginia farmer against charges that chicken droppings violated the Clean Water Act because rains could carry them into a stream located two football fields away.

The case mobilized agriculture organizations against what they saw as bureaucratic bullying that could impact thousands of other farmers. Green groups saw it as an opportunity to give the EPA tighter control over what they have derisively called “factory farms.”

The EPA said in November 2011 that Lois Alt and her husband needed a Clean Water Act discharge permit because rainwater on their farm could come into contact with dust, feathers or small amounts of chicken manure that strayed out of the large barns where they raise their flocks. Rainwater at Eight Is Enough Farms empties into Mudlick Run, a stream 200 yards away from the edge of the property.

Read more at The Daily Caller. By David Martosko.

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  1. We need to stand up to EPA like these people did see how they back off real fast If they come to are states we need to run there butts off or put them in jail We need to show them we will not go by there stopid crap we need to stop them in there tracks now

  2. So what is the EPA doing about all the birds in the world crapping where ever they want. I mean geez, if they are worried about a chicken farm I think they need to be looking at the big picture…. sounds like PETA is behind this one.

  3. Noonien Soong says:

    The EPA is definitely not manned by a mature individual. I am reminded of those in-laws that attempted to insert their authority where and whenever they could to change the course of a somewhat benign situation. The head of EPA, who is none other than Lisa Jackson seems to act on her own volition with Obama's okay. She is like those over bearing in-laws families dread to deal with.

  4. My son-in-law is a civil engineer whose specialty is water conservation and recreation. I live on a farm whose septic tank is located about 100 feet from the well water pump. I was concerned about washing out latex paint brushes from which that water went into the septic tank. Did this contaminate my drinking water from a well 100 feet away from the tank? His reply: All you need is about 4 feet of gravel and sand to purify the water from the septic tank. However, this does not include factory farming where 100s (1000s?) of animals are housed on minimal acreage causing the ground water (aquifers) to become contaminated.

    Although factory farms feed the multitudes, either buy your meat locally or quit having more than two children!!!

  5. It's about time we stand up to the EPA and say enough is enough! They are doing nothing more than costing us jobs. I've seen it in a lot of industries, and it's about time we stand in union and say enough. Every time I turn around I have to pay an environmental fee because it cost more to dispose of something due to a law they have imposed. I'm proud of everyone who took part in standing up to the EPA!

  6. Let em eat cake! No more pork or chicken for you greenies!

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  8. 4TimesAYear says:

    Here's the deal: ALL rainwater comes into contact with feathers, dust and bird manure when it falls – chickens don't have a monopoly on it.

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