Debate over easing pollution rules on Ga. hog farm - KMSP-TV

Debate over easing pollution rules on Ga. hog farm

Posted: Updated:

By RAY HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's leaders are considering rolling back some of the pollution rules governing hog farms.

Members of the Board of Natural Resources will discuss a plan Monday that would allow hog farms to grow from 7,500 pigs weighing 55 pounds or more to 12,500 pigs before they would be subject to stricter environmental rules.

Those rules were adopted in 1999 and meant to prevent hog manure from being washed into streams and rivers.

A coalition of environmental groups including the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Georgia River Network and the Sierra Club oppose easing the rules. They say changing the rules would increase the risk of illegal discharges to Georgia's water.

Agriculture industry leaders say there is no scientific reason for treating hog farms differently from other livestock farms. They say the rules stop growth.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Unauthorized traffic stops in Greene County

    Unauthorized traffic stops in Greene County

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:13:42 GMT
    A county manager is accused of making unauthorized traffic stops in Greene County.
    A county manager is accused of making unauthorized traffic stops in Greene County.
  • Atlanta City Councilman's expenditures reviewed

    Atlanta City Councilman's expenditures reviewed

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:00:27 GMT
    Atlanta City Councilman Michael Bond's travel expenses are being investigated by ethics officers.
    Atlanta City Councilman Michael Bond's travel expenses are being investigated by ethics officers.
  • Reality TV Star Todd Chrisley faces tough questions

    Reality TV Star Todd Chrisley faces tough questions

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:58:47 GMT
    It's one of the hottest reality TV shows in the country and it stars an Atlanta millionaire.It's called "Chrisley Knows Best" and Todd Chrisley is the flamboyant lead.But Senior I-team reporter Dale Russell has been digging through court records and says "reality" means something different to people who have done business with Chrisley.
    It's one of the hottest reality TV shows in the country and it stars an Atlanta millionaire.It's called "Chrisley Knows Best" and Todd Chrisley is the flamboyant lead.But Senior I-team reporter Dale Russell has been digging through court records and says "reality" means something different to people who have done business with Chrisley.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices