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EPA says egg producer broke Clean Water Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)--Three Arkansas Egg Co., farms violated the federal Clean Water Act by using spreading excessive amounts of chicken litter on land and improperly operating their waste management systems, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

The facilities--Blair Farm in Benton County, and Summers Farm and Appleton Farm, both in Washington County--were inspected in February 2008, and were found to be disposing of animal waste and animal carcasses improperly, the EPA said. In addition, the Appleton Farm failed to maintain a 35-foot distance between streams and waste application sites, the agency said.

The EPA ordered Arkansas Egg Co. to immediately remove all animal carcasses, begin using proper carcass-incineration methods, and bring their facilities up to EPA standards.



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