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Poultry growers seen snubbing regulations

by 5m Editor
28 August 2006, at 10:00pm

MARYLAND - Delmarva Peninsula poultry growers have largely snubbed a government settlement offer for air pollution violations by big livestock, dairy and poultry farms.

None of Delaware's hundreds of broiler farms enrolled in the Environmental Protection Agen-cy nationwide program. The program offers protection from liability for past air pollution offenses in exchange for fines ranging from $200 to $100,000 and federal permit reviews.

Maryland and Virginia broiler farms also were absent from the list of more-than 2,600 agricultural businesses that entered into the agreement, as were broiler farms from all but one of the other top chicken-meat producing states.

The agreements take in more than 6,000 farm sites in 40 states, and target ammonia and other nitrogen compounds, dust and pollutants that can contribute to smog, water pollution, odors and climate change.

Source: Delmarva Daily Times

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