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Environmental groups cry foul on MD poultry permits


June 4, 2015, Salisbury, MD – Assateague Coastal Trust and Food & Water Watch announced June 1 that they have filed opening arguments in a case against the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The groups are requesting judicial review of Maryland’s General Discharge Permit for Animal Feeding Operations, which includes chicken houses, a frequent sight in rural areas of the Eastern Shore. The permit went into effect Nov. 30, 2014, and will remain in effect for five years, allowing animal feeding operations to discharge animal waste, including manure, poultry litter and process wastewater into the waters of the state. READ MORE