The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ended their investigation into State Rep. Andy Holt’s family farm and subsequently dropped their complaint.
“This has been an interesting process,” said Rep. Holt. “I’m thankful for those that have stood by my family and me over the past several months.”
Last summer, the EPA filed a complaint against Rep. Holt’s family farm for discharging lagoon waste. A timely answer was filed by Rep. Holt, and there were motions to amend both the complaint and the answer. The complaint was referred to an administrative judge for an alternative dispute resolution process.
The EPA filed a motion on Thursday to withdraw their complaint against Rep. Holt. The motion was not opposed by Rep. Holt and on Friday the administrative law judge granted the motion and dismissed the action.
“I suppose what I find most interesting about this whole situation is how the media took it upon themselves to play jury and executioner,” continued Rep. Holt. “Multiple outlets made claims that the EPA had fined me hundreds of thousands of dollars. Obviously, none of that is true.”
Rep. Holt is the Republican state representative for District 76, which includes Weakley, as well as, parts of Obion and Carroll counties.