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Groups back EPA, try to join W.Va. farmer lawsuit

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Several environmental groups say a federal judge should let them join a lawsuit that a West Virginia chicken grower has filed challenging new water-pollution rules for her farm.

The American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus have already intervened in Lois Alt’s case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Now Potomac Riverkeeper, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Waterkeeper Alliance, Center for Food Safety and Food & Water Watch want to join.

Alt wants to stop EPA from imposing new rules as part of a multi-state effort to clean up Chesapeake Bay, arguing it’s overstepping its authority. But the groups support EPA and say Alt’s farm shouldn’t be exempt from the Clean Water Act.

The farm bureaus argue an EPA victory could require farms nationwide to seek permits they don’t all currently need.



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