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Federal Court Upholds Agriculture Against EPA

Federal Court Upholds Agriculture Against EPA

Last week a federal court ruled in favor of a West Virginia farmer in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.  The court ruled contrary to EPA’s contention that ordinary storm water from the farm yard is exempt from National Pollutant Discharge Permit requirements.  South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says it’s a great victory for agriculture and farmers across the country.

Vanderwal says this court decision also will hamper EPA’s ability to over regulate.

EPA had threatened the West Virginia farmer with more than $ 37 thousand dollars in fines each time storm water came into contact with dust, feathers or small amounts of manure on the ground outside poultry houses as a result of normal farm operations.

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Since Independence Day falls during the work week, members of St. Richard Catholic Church celebrated the holiday on Sunday, June 30, 2013, with a picnic-style outing complete with fireworks that could be seen throughout the northeast Jackson, Miss. neighborhood. The long streamers were recorded in a 13-second time exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Don't be one of the thousands of Americans injured by fireworks on July Fourth. Stay safe and have a happy holiday!

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Law enforcement officers were scattered around Iowa last weekend monitoring lakes and rivers for drunk boaters as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.