|Action||Develop requirements that will address concerns regarding transfer and off-site management of poultry waste in the Commonwealth.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
It is appalling that, in this day and age, the Commonwealth of Virginia maintains such little control over the application of poultry litter as fertilizer. Poultry litter is overabundant in many areas. It appears that the disposal problem gets more attention than safeguarding the health of humans and wildlife from not only excessive nutrient chemicals but also from contained toxic and septic contaminants. What should be mandatory are chemical analyses of each batch of litter sold, limits imposed on the quantity of constituents applied, and post-application analyses of the soil and surface water and groundwater, where applicable. Contaminants analyzed should also include commonly found endocrine disruptor chemicals such as arsenic. Poultry litter should be prevented from sale to farms bordering streams--unless best management practices, especially buffer zones are implemented.