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EPA drops $177K complaint against Tennessee Rep. Andy Holt

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped a complaint seeking $177,500 in fines from a state lawmaker for discharging waste from his northwestern Tennessee hog farm without a permit.

The EPA withdrew the filing against Rep. Andy Holt after the Dresden Republican agreed to an order of consent on the closure of two lagoons on his property. The agency reserved the right to refile the complaint if Holt fails to comply with the order.

Holt called the resolution of the dispute an "interesting process," and thanked supporters for standing by his family.

According to the August complaint, Holt's farm discharged a total of more than 860,000 gallons from lagoons on the farm raising nearly 1,500 swine without proper authorization. Holt said he self-reported the overflow after heavy rainfall.