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EPA orders PA farm to cease waste discharges


June 3, 2010
By Environmental Protection Agency

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June 3, 2010,
Philadelphia, PA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered a
Manheim, Pa., farm to stop discharging pollutants to a stream without a
required Clean Water Act permit.
June 3, 2010,
Philadelphia, PA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered a
Manheim, Pa., farm to stop discharging pollutants to a stream without a
required Clean Water Act permit.

On April 1, EPA
inspected the farm of Melvin and Moses Petersheim of Manheim, Pa., Melvin
Petersheim owns and operates an egg-laying operation with approximately 36,000
hens. His brother Moses operates a dairy farm with about 80 dairy cows on the
same property.

The inspection
determined that pollutants, including nitrogen and phosphorus from animal
manure from both operations were discharged into an unnamed tributary of
Chickies Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.

EPA is ordering the
facility to cease discharging pollutants to the waters until they have the
required permit. The farmers must also submit a compliance plan to EPA
explaining what actions the facility has taken and will implement to comply
with the Clean Water Act.


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