Setback Proposals For Chicken Farms Dismay Some Oklahomans
The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has approved setback proposals for new or expanding poultry operations, to the dismay of some eastern Oklahoma residents who say they aren't enough.
The board voted 3-2 Tuesday for the rules that include requirements that operations with fewer than 150,000 birds be at least 500 feet (152 meters) from homes and larger operations be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) away. All operations must be at least 1,500 feet (457 meters) from schools.
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The proposal now goes to the Legislature.
Pam Kingfisher of the unincorporated Rose community in Mayes County says the setbacks weren't available until Friday and don't go far enough. Kingfisher says that a previous proposal was for setbacks of .25 mile (.4 kilometers) from homes and .5 miles (.8 kilometers) from schools.