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Manure tax break draws criticism; Senate considers subsidy for power from chicken waste

WASHINGTON -- On the Delmarva Peninsula, farmers need a new way to get rid of the chicken manure that is believed to be a major polluter of the Chesapeake Bay.

And especially in the sweltering summer, the same Eastern Shore communities could use extra electricity to help avoid outages.

So Sen. William V. Roth Jr., a Delaware Republican, says "it just makes common sense" that taxpayers should subsidize the operation of power plants that can convert chicken droppings into electricity.

Roth, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, tucked into the $792 billion tax-cut bill the Senate began debating yesterday a $50 million tax credit for the use of chicken...

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