Amish outhouse dispute

January 6, 2009 5:23:01 AM PST
A Pennsylvania judge has set a contempt of court hearing Jan. 22 for a man who has already been fined for outhouse violations at an Amish school.

The Cambria County judge scheduled the hearing because prosecutors say Andy Swartzentruber has not corrected sewage issues on his property in Barr Township.

The county objected because waste from grade-schoolers was collected in buckets and dumped onto fields. The county wanted the Amish to meet state regulations by installing a holding tank and hiring a sewage hauler.

Both sides tried to craft a solution that wouldn't offend this particularly strict Amish sect's concerns about using modern technology, but that hasn't happened.

An attorney for the Amish man could not immediately be reached Tuesday.