US officials row over poultry pollution
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Oklahoma Attorney
General Drew Edmondson are involved in a political row over pollution levels in
Huckabee says Edmonson is demonising the poultry industry and setting unrealistic goals for reduced pollution levels in Oklahoma's rivers.
"Unfortunately, your attorney general is not interested in resolving the situation. He's more interested in headlines," Huckabee said. "It's a great political platform for him."
Edmondson is suing Arkansas poultry companies, contending their chicken litter is fouling Oklahoma waterways.
Huckabee said that the standard Edmondson has proposed to reduce phosphorous levels in Oklahoma's six scenic rivers â€œhas no scientific basis of possibilityâ€ and has an â€œunachievable timetableâ€.
But in a statement released from his office, Edmondson called Huckabee â€œa poultry company apologistâ€.
â€œHe should be ashamed of the poor job Arkansas has done in regulating the poultry industry. It is clear they run his state,â€ Edmondson said in the statement. â€œJust like me, most Oklahomans care more about clean water than anything Governor Huckabee has to say.â€
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