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TPWA may be pulled into poultry lawsuit

by 5m Editor
21 October 2005, at 12:00am

OKLAHOMA - The Tahlequah Public Works Authority may soon become involved in a lawsuit filed by 14 poultry companies against alleged polluters along the Illinois River. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the companies, accusing them of polluting Oklahoma rivers - including the Illinois - with high-phosphorus chicken waste. Earlier this month, the companies filed a suit of their own, naming 161 public and private potential polluters as defendants. TPWA General Manager Stan Day confirmed he has been notified by Edmondson&#39;s office that the authority may be named in the poultry companies&#39; suit as one of those polluters. “We are contributors to the Illinois River of nutrient loading from our wastewater treatment plant,” said Day. “But we&#39;re meeting and exceeding our permit limits, which are imposed on us by the state.” Day said TPWA&#39;s effluent into the Illinois River contains the same nutrients - phosphorus and nitrogen - that poultry waste contributes to the river. “That&#39;s mainly what makes the algae grow - when you get too much phosphorus and nitrogen, and then sunlight is introduced into that,” said Day. <i>Source: tahlequahdailypress.com</i>

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