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Arkansas vs. Oklahoma in Water Clean-Up Dispute

posted on November 4, 2005

Arkansas is seeking permission from the Supreme Court to sue Oklahoma, saying its neighbor to the west is improperly trying to impose water standards across state lines.

The Arkansas attorney general says imposing the standards would harm his state's $2 billion poultry industry.

Central to the dispute is the Illinois River, which flows west from Arkansas. This summer, the State of Oklahoma sued Tyson Foods and seven other poultry companies, asking that they pay to repair the Illinois watershed from damage caused by the poultry industry.

There are nearly 3,000 poultry houses in the Illinois watershed  2,400 in Arkansas and 500 in Oklahoma.

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