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EPA nominee had little to do with ‘busload of lawyers’ case

Oklahoma’s famous “busload of lawyers” case is back in the news because of president-elect Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is Oklahoma’s Attorney General. Environmental groups are saying Pruitt did not pursue a pollution case against the Arkansas poultry industry because he received  $40,000 in campaign… Continue Reading

Quick Ruling Expected in Maryland Chicken Manure Trial

A fast-moving, but emotional civil trial pitting environmentalists against family farmers could end in the next day or two with a ruling by U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson in Baltimore. At issue is whether common practices for handling chicken manure violate the federal Clean Water Act. The trial, which Judge Nickerson is hearing without… Continue Reading

Rice Growers Sue Chicken Industry Over Poultry Litter

Arkansas rice growers say chicken industry practices promoted by industry giants like Pfizer, Tyson Foods Inc. and other big chicken producers are responsible for the high arsenic levels being detected in their crops. The growers have asked the Circuit Court for the Southern District of Arkansas for a jury trial to decide whether their claim… Continue Reading

Maryland Chicken Case Goes to Trial Smaller Than When It Started

It’s been more than two years since a federal bench trial in Oklahoma over chicken industry practices ended, but that judge has yet to issue a ruling. Now a three-week bench trial is underway in Baltimore for the case of Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. v Alan and Kristin Hudson Farm et al. This one is also… Continue Reading

OK’s Campaign Against Poultry Litter May Be Over

Oklahoma’s newly elected leadership, Republicans Governor-elect Mary Fallin and Attorney General-elect Scott Pruitt, say they have the future of the state’s litigation against the poultry industry over its pollution of public waters under formal review. Executive power in the Sooner State will turn over in January when both Gov. Brad Henry and Attorney General Drew… Continue Reading

Farmers Clean Up in Maryland Assembly

Nutrient trading, a market-based approach for protecting and improving water quality, is going into effect in Maryland.   The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will run the nutrient credit-trading program. Goal of the Nutrient Trading Program is to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus run-off into Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.   House Bill 974, authorizing the program, passed… Continue Reading

EPA Says it Will Clean Up Illinois River

A “scientifically robust model of the Illinois River watershed” will be built in the next year and half by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the purpose of establishing “maximum daily loads” of pollutants like phosphorus from poultry litter. EPA told state officials in Oklahoma and Arkansas about its plans to “take the lead”… Continue Reading