EPA Tells W.V. Poultry Farms To Get Water Permits

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - Federal regulators have ordered four West Virginia poultry farms to stop polluting streams and obtain permits under the Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency orders stem from June inspections of five chicken and turkey operations in Hardy and Pendleton counties.

It's part of EPA's effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Four of the five sites qualify under federal law as concentrated animal feeding operations, but EPA says they had neither applied for nor obtained the required discharge permits.

Ditches draining from the poultry houses allowed manure, compost and other pollutants to reach waterways during heavy rains.

EPA said Wednesday it's collaborating with industry to develop an educational program for farmers in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia.

Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin says that approach usually works.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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