Christopher A. Coons

FARM act would aid polluters in Md. and beyond

FARM act would aid polluters in Md. and beyond

Editor’s note: A photo previously displayed with this op-ed referred to an unrelated 2013 story. It has been replaced.

Imagine living next to a giant facility housing millions of chickens. It’s not only a very unpleasant thought, but it’s also a potentially very dangerous experience.

The animals inside are packed so closely together that ventilation fans are needed to remove the noxious gases created by their waste, otherwise the chickens could die from overexposure. Unrestricted, the fans blast these gases — including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide — outside. The exhaust blows over to schools, churches and playgrounds, putting families and wildlife in harm’s...

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