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Mo. proposes expanded odor regulations for large animal farms

Thursday, February 7, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri pollution regulators want to expand the state's oversight of agricultural odors to more farms.

The Missouri Air Conservation Commission is proposing that concentrated animal feeding operations with more than 3,000 pigs, chickens, turkeys, cattle and dairy cows face odor standards. The current rules only apply to livestock operations with more than 7,000 animals.

The commission also wants to require odor control plans as part of the construction permit process for large animal farms, wastewater treatment plants and other facilities that could generate foul smells.

The proposed changes emerged from a series of recommendations made last year by a panel of livestock industry members, environmental activists and state regulators. The commission plans to publish a draft rule and seek additional public comment.

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