Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panel Oks Livestock Pollution Rules

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panel Oks Livestock Pollution Rules

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The Illinois Pollution Control Board adopted emergency rules Tuesday to help protect ground water from the influx of huge livestock facilities that can produce as much waste as a small town.

Agriculture and environmental groups often at odds over the issue were generally supportive of the move.

"Definitely, this is more than a baby step forward," said Lynne Padovan, a lobbyist for the Illinois Environmental Council. "I think the job the board did was admirable." But a lawmaker who has argued the Legislature should impose a moratorium on new large hog farms until permanent rules regulating them can be adopted said he is unsure whether the board's action removes that need. "There may be facilities under construction now that wouldn't be (covered) under these rules," said state Rep. Rich Myers, R-Colchester. "We need to know how many there are before we say it removes the need for a moratorium." Agriculture Director Becky Doyle, through a spokeswoman, said she would have no comment until she has had a chance to review the board's rules. …

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