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Amish seek sewage system compromise

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Eviction notices were issued for two new homes built by the Amish because of unsanitary septic systems.

An Amish community leader in Hardin County apologized to members of the health board this week and asked instead to seek a compromise.

Shane Lotts, environmental director for the Kenton-Hardin County Health Department, says the Amish families have scheduled a soil analysis for the properties. He says that's the first step towards getting a sewage permit. Once that is complete, Lotts says health department officials are planning to meet with bishops in the Amish community to further discuss the compromise.

The sanitation issue came about after the health board voted to require all new homes built by the Amish to have proper wells and outhouses. Board members site health concerns as a reason for the enforcement.

Amish sewage wells and outhouses in Hardin County were previously unregulated.

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