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Poultry Registry May Play Role In Chicken Litter Suit

by 5m Editor
11 February 2008, at 9:34am

US - A paper trail of chicken litter could someday help Arkansas' poultry farmers mount a defense against a federal lawsuit.

The statewide poultry registry began in 2004 after Oklahoma officials questioned Arkansas' environmental workers about their chicken litter removal methods.

"We didn't have any data at that point about disposal," said Patrick Fisk with Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. The registry now documents how chicken litter is disposed of in Arkansas.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued 14 Arkansas-based poultry operators in 2005 alleging they were polluting the Illinois River by improperly disposing of chicken litter. That lawsuit is making its way through the federal court system.

The registry also keeps track of the type and number of poultry produced in Arkansas. It is administered by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission on the state level and by each county's conservation district on the local level.

Source: TheMorningNews

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