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Groups Threaten Suit to Stop Arkansas Factory Chicken Farm

A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas. A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Arkansas Rights Koalition (ARK) have sent a letter to the Farm Service Agency, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying they'll file suit within 60 days, over a $1 million SBA loan to build the Tracy Poultry Project. It includes six large broiler-chicken houses in the Strawberry River Watershed.

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EPA Grant Helps Arkansas Monitor Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $564,000 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to support air monitoring programs. The grant will help ADEQ maintain the state’s monitoring network for fine particulate pollution, known as PM 2.5.

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With Harmful Algae on the Rise in U.S. - Arkansas Department of Health provides guidelines

Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues.

They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cause illness in humans and pets.

They also deplete the oxygen in water, and that kills fish, mammals and birds.

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Report: Higher SNAP Benefits Would Mean Healthier Diets in Arkansas

The United Fresh Produce Association donated 51,042 lbs. of produce and 641lbs. of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food DepositoryNew research commissioned by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows giving low-income families in Arkansas a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities, such as housing and transportation.

Dottie Rosenbaum, a senior fellow at the Center, says increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $30 per person, per month, also would help families prepare more meals at home.

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EPA Proposes to Redesignate Crittenden County, Ark., as Attaining the Ozone Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the state of Arkansas’ request to designate Crittenden County, Ark., as attaining the federal 2008 ozone standard. Crittenden County lies within the tri-state greater Memphis area, and had been included in the area’s designation of nonattainment for the standard. The Memphis area as a whole has also been redesignated as attaining the standard.

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The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

The U.S. Surgeon General and Secretary of Transportation both spoke out for more Complete Streets last year. The U.S. Surgeon General and Secretary of Transportation both spoke out for more Complete Streets last year. Congress passed a transportation bill that included Complete Streets language for the first time ever. And the City of Reading, PA adopted the first policy to ever score a perfect 100 in our analysis. Together, these all helped set a new high water mark for the national movement for safer streets across the country.

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