How Scott Pruitt Helped Arkansas Poultry Giants Pollute on of Oklahoma’s Prettiest Rivers
** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JULY 17 ** Ed Fite stands on the bank of the Illinois River, where wild flowers still grow, on his farm outside of Tahlequah, Okla., Thursday, June 30, 2005. The Illinois River attracts a half million visitors a year and contributes $9 million to $12 million to the state's economy, Fite said. But growing chickens is part of Oklahoma's economy, too. Of the 2,871 poultry houses in the watershed, 508 are in Oklahoma. Oklahoma sued Arkansas' poultry industry last month, alleging its waste is tainting the state's waters. (AP Photo)

Sharon Lerner

May 4 2018

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Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, took the side of poultry companies and other businesses in Arkansas in a dispute over the pollution of an ecologically sensitive and economically vital watershed, environmental groups say. While he was representing Oklahoma as its attorney general, Pruitt helped to slow the implementation of a plan, forged years ago by both states, to clean a river in his home state.


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