W.Va. chicken grower sues EPA over pollution order

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A West Virginia chicken grower ordered to obtain water-pollution discharge permits is suing the Environmental Protection Agency.

Lois Alt owns Eight is Enough farms in Old Fields in the Eastern Panhandle. She says the EPA has overstepped its authority and wrongly classified runoff from her farm as “process wastewater.”

She argues any waste-tainted runoff is agricultural stormwater and not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.

Her lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Elkins asks a judge to set aside the EPA’s order. She could face civil penalties of up to $37,500 a day if found in violation.

Alt told the EPA last fall that she would seek a permit but informed the agency in February that she’d changed her mind.

The EPA says it’s reviewing the lawsuit.

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