ATLANTA, GA -- A federal agency's report says large livestock
farms in Georgia could pose a pollution risk to nearby waterways
because of insufficient oversight by state inspectors.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday
(http://bit.ly/q7uLNX ) that the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's Office of Inspector General found a "significant risk"
that Georgia is failing to protect waterways from contamination by
manure produced by cows, pigs and chickens on large farms.
The state Environmental Protection Division and the Georgia
Department of Agriculture are in charge of monitoring how big farms
dispose of manure. The EPA report found that three-fourths of
inspections of 48 big farms statewide were faulty or incomplete.
State regulators say they are still reviewing the report but
don't agree with all its findings.