OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The poultry industry fires another shot in its war of words with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson on Wednesday filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the application of chicken litter on land in the Illinois River watershed. He alleged that fecal bacteria in poultry waste could pose a health threat to those who flock to the river for recreation.
But Poultry Community Council spokeswoman Jackie Cunningham labeled Edmondson's move a public relations stunt and said his claims are nothing but scare tactics and exaggerations.
Cunningham says the industry has no knowledge of anyone falling ill as a result of chicken litter being used as fertilizer.
Edmondson sued the poultry companies in 2005, saying litter pollution rendered Lake Tenkiller in northeastern Oklahoma 70% oxygen dead and accused poultry companies of treating Oklahoma's rivers like open sewers.
More than half the Illinois River's watershed is in Adair, Cherokee, Delaware and Sequoyah counties.