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Oklahoma prepares to pay fees in poultry fight

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 26, 2009 at 4:48 am •  Published: February 26, 2009
The Oklahoma attorney general’s office is preparing to pay defendant’s fees related to sanctions in its ongoing litigation against poultry companies over waste in the Illinois River Watershed.

Tulsa Federal Judge Gregory K. Frizzell last week upheld a lower case ruling against the state for failing to provide documentation in a timely manner. The state is suing poultry companies, including Tyson Foods, Cobb-Vantress and Cal-Main Foods over environmental effects of poultry waste in the watershed.

Charlie Price, spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said all documentation eventually was turned over to the defendants. Reimbursement of fees related to the sanctions is pending a review by the court.