Inhofe Suggests Mediation in Poultry-Waste Squabble

US - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe says an amendment that he proposed addressing the issue of poultry waste in Oklahoma has been included in a key piece of farm legislation.
calendar icon 17 December 2007
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The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that the Oklahoma Republican says he hopes his amendment will help the parties involved in an ongoing dispute over the issue to find common ground.

The $286 billion farm bill passed yesterday on a 79-14 vote, with both Inhofe and Oklahoma's other senator, Republican Tom Coburn, voting for the bill.

The bill now goes to a House-Senate conference committee. President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation, saying it costs too much.

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued 14 Arkansas-based poultry companies in federal court in 2005 for polluting the Illinois River watershed with chicken litter. Inhofe is opposed to the lawsuit.


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