Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has nixed an appeal by state officials in a case involving an environmental group's challenge of permit requirements for large poultry operations.

The judge on Monday denied the state's request to send the case directly to Delaware's Supreme Court. The judge said the request was both untimely and did not meet legal standards for interlocutory appeals.

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Another large chicken house has been proposed.

This time on Peerless Road off U.S. Route 13 in Worcester County.  

The permit for construction of the concentrated animal feeding operation has been approved.

Now the Maryland Department of the Environment must sign off on a water discharge permit.

But environmentalists are requesting a public hearing with the state officials so they could hear the concerns of the residents.  

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A judge has blocked an environmental group's challenge to a large-scale poultry farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The judge on Thursday upheld a decision by the Wicomico County Board of Appeals not to hear an appeal from the Salisbury-based Concerned Citizens Against Industrial CAFOs.

CAFO is an acronym for concentrated animal-feeding operation.

The judge agreed with the county that that the group missed a 30-day deadline last November for filing its appeal.

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A measure to tighten up environmental regulations on large chicken operations has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

State Senator Richard Madaleno (D) has authored a bill that would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to identify and monitor all air pollution emitted from these facilities.

They’re known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFO’s.

And, they have stirred up strong opposition on the Eastern Shore where longtime residents have complained about the new facilities that have arrived in their backyard.

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The proposed mega-poultry operation for Naylor Mill road riles up local residents as political leaders struggle with the new phenomenon in the chicken industry. Delmarva Public Radio's Patrick Lieb prepared this report.