March 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:18 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A pair of state agency heads are calling for
Attorney General Mike Beebe to respond to this week's ruling by a
federal magistrate allowing the state of Oklahoma to take soil,
water and litter samples on poultry farms.
Oklahoma has filed suit against 14 Arkansas firms it alleges are
polluting its streams and lakes. Both sides expect more legal
battles before any samples are drawn.
The directors of the Arkansas Department of Environmental
Quality and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission sent a joint
letter to Beebe today. They asked him to ensue that the ``rights
and sovereignty'' of the state of Arkansas are protected.
Oklahoma wants to sample about 21 poultry houses and fields
where litter is spread. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson
has said the state will first pursue sampling on farms in Oklahoma
and those owned by the firms themselves in Arkansas. He says
separate court action in Arkansas would be needed to conduct
testing on contract growers' farms there.