Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.

Md. governor should study chicken farm emissions

Md. governor should study chicken farm emissions

The campaign to get people to “Eat More Chicken” seems to be working: A according to the Delmarva Poultry Institute, from 2005-2015, the amount of chickens produced on the Eastern Shore increased by more than half a billion pounds (from 3.3 to 3.9 billion pounds). But as the poultry industry continues to build hundreds of new houses containing bigger birds — and more manure — each year, Eastern Shore communities are bearing the burden.

Chicken houses don’t have smokestacks, but they do generate air emissions that can threaten public health and clean water. But because no one monitors these emissions, we don’t know how much this pollution is affecting the health of neighboring...

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