Pennsylvania farm ordered to cease unpermitted waste discharges to Susquehanna tributary

Sponsored by

PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 2, 2010 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has 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.

The farm is located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This action is part of the Agency's efforts to implement the President's Executive Order for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and a compliance and enforcement strategy to improve water quality in local waterways and the Bay.

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance and enforcement strategy visit http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/initiatives/chesapeakebay.html

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Cleanup orders issued for Santa Barbara beach crude oil spill

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Coast Guard have officially issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil that leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, Calif., on Tuesday, May 20.

World Environmental Day 2015: Dow highlights water consumption amid ongoing scarcity

To commemorate World Environment Day 2015, taking place Friday, June 5, Dow Water & Process Solutions is highlighting in a new infographic the need for responsible water consumption amid ongoing water scarcity across the nation and around the globe today.

WERF now accepting pre-proposals for 2015 Unsolicited Research Program

The Water Environment Research Foundation is currently accepting pre-proposals under its 2015 Unsolicited Research Program. 

EPA allots $1.6B in CWA funds to upgrade Sacramento's wastewater treatment plant

Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld announced a record $1.6 billion in Clean Water Act State Revolving Funds -- the largest single block of financing ever issued -- to upgrade the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA