Environmentalists Target Maryland Farm That Supplies Purdue | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Environmentalists Target Maryland Farm That Supplies Purdue

Mark Anderson: http://www.flickr.com/photos/macmoov/3445645444/

Environmental groups are facing off this week against a small farm in Eastern Maryland and big poultry producer Perdue Farms. 

The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance is accusing the Hudson family farm of polluting the Pocomoke River with chicken manure. It's trying to hold Perdue responsible as well, since the smaller family farm supplies chickens to the giant poultry producer.

Maryland's Department of the Environment has already cited Hudson for improperly storing fertilizer - which is not related to chicken manure - and the family farm quickly resolved that issue.  

But the environmental group is pressing its own case, pointing to poor water quality near the farm and insisting the cause is chicken manure.  Lawyers for the farmers argue there is no scientific evidence of that.  

Farm groups say the suit could both bankrupt the Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent of extraneous suits filed even after the state has settled the matter. 

Environmentalists argue they are simply targeting one polluter, and nothing will change if large poultry producers like Perdue aren't held responsible for their contractors. 

Chickens being transported via truck. A New York-based environmental group is claiming a Maryland chicken farm has contributed to unacceptable levels of pollution in one of the state's rivers. 

NPR

The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
NPR

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
NPR

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.
NPR

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.