Maryland Considers New Rules For Chicken Farms

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    Reducing the amount of poultry waste that winds up in the Chesapeake Bay is the topic of public hearings this week in Maryland. More than 270 million chickens are raised each year in Maryland, and the amount of waste they generate is estimated to add as much as a billion pounds. As a result, the state Department of the Environment is considering increasing its scrutiny of about 200 of the state's largest chicken farms, and how they store and use chicken manure.

    Under the new rules, the largest farms would have to get permits designed to help prevent the pollution of nearby waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Farms found to be in violation could face fines of up to $1,000 a day. The next hearing is set for Wednesday evening at 6 pm at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

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