Lancaster Online reports the federal EPA will check over 90 Amish farms to ensure they meet the state-required conservation plans preventing soil and manure from entering local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.

The Environmental Protection Agency will begin farm inspections on Wednesday. The tour focuses on long unenforced anti-pollution requirements. Farms were contacted nine months ago to have conservation plans in place by December 3. Administrator of the Lancaster County Conservation District, Don McNutt says two-thirds of Lancaster farms have completed, or are in the process of meeting the requirements.

Before the requirements were enforced, 85% of the farms inspected did not meet the required plans. Enforcement has increased since President Barack Obama issued an executive order last year to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, with much of the focus on agricultural groups.

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Source: Articles.LancasterOnline.com