Opposing bills tackle manure regs in Maryland
March 19, 2012 by Daily Times
March 19, 2012, Annapolis, MD – Days after Eastern Shore environmental advocates argued in Annapolis for toughened regulations to reduce manure pollutants in waterways, the Eastern Shore’s representative in Congress says the economy would take priority over the Chesapeake Bay because, frankly, clean water costs money.
Currently at issue is whether the MD Department of Agriculture should clamp down, now or later, on the volume and frequency of spreading manure across farm fields – or to hold off on new regulatory measures until other states catch up with Maryland. On the Lower Eastern Shore alone, the decision would impact an estimated 300,000 annual tons of poultry waste. READ MORE