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SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Ten farmers in Oklahoma will have their
soil tested for pollutants as part of Oklahoma's lawsuit against
Arkansas poultry firms.
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued the poultry
companies in June over pollution of the Illinois River watershed.
Several farmers have received subpoenas asking them to submit to
"I am again discouraged at the hardships and costs that the
Oklahoma Attorney General's actions are causing the individual family
farmers," said Bev Saunders, a spokeswoman for Poultry Partners, a
group of 400 farmers.
"He says he's not out to hurt the small farmers, but that's hard
to believe when we keep getting hit with more and more legal actions
coming directly from his office," Saunders said.
Samples of soil, poultry litter and groundwater are to be taken on
the farms and tested for various pollutants and pathogens as evidence
for the lawsuit.
Charlie Price, a spokesman for Edmondson, confirmed the office has
begun issuing subpoenas and plans to perform the soil tests soon.
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