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New Waste Regulations on the Way for Chesapeake

by 5m Editor
8 January 2009, at 9:17am

MARYLAND - Maryland will start on 12 January to enforce new limits on the manure that is allowed to wash off the Eastern Shore's large poultry farms.

The Baltimore Sun reports that this will crack down on a lightly regulated source of Chesapeake Bay pollution.

A new set of regulations, which go into effect on 12 January, will apply to the largest 200 of the state's roughly 800 poultry operations. Together, state officials said, they produce about 50 per cent of the waste from chicken and turkey farms statewide.

Currently, chicken farms are not subject to several regulations that limit pollution from dairy and pig farms, says the Baltimore Sun report. The new rules would govern where, how, and how long poultry litter may be stored outdoors, open to the rain. They would also open the farms to inspections from the Maryland Department of the Environment.