Kumar P Barve

Fowl air? Lawmakers propose study to begin tracking air pollution from Maryland chicken farms

Fowl air? Lawmakers propose study to begin tracking air pollution from Maryland chicken farms

The rise of industrial-scale chicken houses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in recent years has raised questions about their impact on residents’ health. Legislation pending in the General Assembly seeks to answer one of them: What are they putting into the air?

Lawmakers are weighing a study of whether huge chicken farms are polluting the air around them — a new front in an ongoing debate over how the state’s expansive poultry industry affects the environment.

The proposal, debated Wednesday in the House of Delegates, is stirring conflicts pitting economic development against public health, and scientific research versus political activism.

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