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Companies use smaller farms to get by Missouri rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)--Some livestock companies may have found a way to slip their farms past Missouri's pollution regulations.

The Kansas City Star reports that rather than building their own megafarms, companies are working with several smaller farms, each of which has fewer animals than would trigger the state pollution rules.

The practice is legal, but it could create pollution problems.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says no one knows exactly how many farms with confined animals and waste lagoons aren't being regulated because they don't fall under state law.

Factory farms generate large amounts of waste. In Missouri, the largest ones require permits and extensive waste-management plans. Smaller ones have few pollution regulations.

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Date: 1/30/09


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