Pig-odors bill smells good to committee

COLORADO - A state senator is raising a stink over some of the aromas coming from Colorado's agricultural industry.

In an effort to limit malodorous gases from swine feeding operations, Sen. Ken Kester, R-Las Animas, introduced Senate Bill 114. The bill would allow greater flexibility in using technological advancements to capture, recover and incinerate odorous gases from escaping into the atmosphere.

The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee on Wednesday approved Kester's bill on a unanimous vote.

"Foul odors can be serious problems in rural Colorado, and the smells that can come from swine feeding operations are no exception," Kester said. "This bill allows for the best possible containment methods, which in turn provides greater protection for the environment while giving operators more flexibility."

In 1998, voters approved Amendment 14, which imposed stringent water quality and odor control requirements on the state's largest swine operations. While this bill does not change any of those environmental standards, it does make the requirements "technology neutral."

Source: 9News
calendar icon 9 February 2006
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