January 16, 2003
Posted at: 4:55 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The head of the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission says legislation his agency will propose will go beyond even what Oklahoma requires in regulating how commercial fertilizer and poultry litter is used.
State environmental regulators disclosed details yesterday of the proposals. The measures grew out of sometimes difficult talks between Arkansas and Oklahoma officials over limits on phosphorus.
Phosphorus is found in poultry waste and is degrading waterways in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Oklahoma officials claim that poultry waste generated in Arkansas is ruining some of their state's most scenic rivers.
They have threatened to sue unless Arkansas officials can reduce the phosphorus in the states' shared waters. Officials with the Arkansas commission say their legislative agenda will help do just that.