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Northeast Oklahoma residents raise poultry operation concern

MIAMI, Okla. — Northeastern Oklahoma residents are voicing concern about poultry operations planned in their communities and northwestern Arkansas.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry suspended permits earlier this month for new and expanding broiler chicken farms in the state. But the Tulsa World reports additional chicken operations are still planned, including six houses in Ottawa County that poultry operators had applied for before the moratorium.

New poultry houses are also planned in nearby Benton County, Arkansas.

The 80-acre Ottawa County proposal is near historic Route 66 south of Miami, about 79 miles (127 kilometres) northeast of Tulsa. Citizens groups say it's a bad place for poultry operations because it is on higher ground where heavy rains drain off to neighbouring properties.

The Associated Press

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