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February 27, 2021
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(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The debate over the oversight of
Michigan's largest livestock and poultry farms is heating up in the
state Capitol.
The Republican-led Senate Agriculture Committee today approved
bills that would continue letting concentrated animal feeding
operations participate in a voluntary program rather than having to
get water permits from regulators.
That's despite opposition from environmentalists and Democrats
who worry the farms pollute waterways and create foul odors,
gaseous emissions and other pollution.
Environmentalists want tougher oversight of the farms, including
a moratorium on new or expanded CAFOs until the state can get a
handle on the problem.
CAFOs have more than 700 dairy cattle, 1,000 slaughter cattle,
500 horses or 100-thousand laying hens.
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