Report: chicken manure may threaten human health

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A government report says chicken manure from poultry raised in two counties on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border
may be threatening human health.

The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says nearly 14.3 million chickens in the two northwest Arkansas counties produce 471,000 tons of manure per year.

The document does not name the two counties.

It does say the manure may threaten human health and the environment and that water in northwest Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma may be impaired.

The issue of chicken-farm pollution is the subject of a 2005 lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Drew Edmondson against several poultry companies.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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