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Protecting the Bay

For the past two years, the Chesapeake Bay has received a D+ on its report card, and year after year elected officials and poultry corporations promise to address public concerns about pollution by burning chicken manure instead of dumping it into the state's waterways.

Yet the bay's health continues to decline due to the large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and poultry corporations like Tyson and Perdue are to blame.

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Waste cleanup should be the responsibility of poultry corporations, not farmers. Our elected officials need to take action and support the Poultry Litter Management Act. Much more needs to be done to protect the health of the nation's largest estuary.

Doretta Coley

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