EPA to inspect Va. dairy farms

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DAYTON, Va. (AP) — Dairy farmers in Rockingham County are preparing for a visit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA spokesman David Sternberg told The Daily News-Record that the agency is planning inspections in the Shenandoah Valley, but he didn't have details.

Gary Flory with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality told farmers recently that the EPA probably will look at runoff pollution from farms.

The EPA is directing Virginia and the other five states within the Chesapeake Bay's watershed to develop a pollution diet for the bay to limit agricultural, urban and suburban runoff.

Rockingham County farmer Anthony Beery says he's taken steps to reduce runoff. But he says there are no easy answers.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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