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EPA orders farms to stop discharges

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering two Virginia farms to stop discharging pollutants into Shenandoah River tributaries.

The EPA says during inspections the farms were discharging pollutants, including nitrogen and phosphorus from animal manure, into the streams without a permit required by the Clean Water Act.

The federal agency is ordering the farms to stop until they have received a permit.

Turley Creek Farms in Linville and the farm of Windcrest Associates in Timberville are both located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The EPA says the actions were part of the agency’s efforts to implement an executive order to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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