That victory came this week when U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey ruled that the EPA was incorrect.
The EPA has jurisdiction in regulating what are called "point source" discharges, such as waste water from a factory that empties into a river. However, the law includes exemptions for "agricultural storm water discharges," such as what might come from Alt's barnyard.
Butler believes the decision has widespread implications.
"I think it's a win, not only for Lois Alt and her poultry operation, but a win for farmers across the state and the nation."
Indeed it is.
The EPA's attempt to misapply the Clean Water Act, driving a small business person into a regulatory morass, is yet another example of the agency's tyrannical zealotry.
Thank goodness Lois Alt was having none of it.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.