The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has adopted tougher odor rules for pork operations, which should make it easier to fine alleged offenders. The new rules allow the Agriculture Department to fine pork producers who have received three or more legitimate complaints.

Producers can be required to quit land-applying manure effluent on weekend, holidays or when the wind exceeds 20 mph. Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating is expected to sign the rules. These rules would allow the Agriculture Department to determine whether odor abatement equipment on lagoons is working.

According to department records, there were 170 odor complaints filed since 1996. Most of these contain the notation, “no violation/closed.”

If the rules are enacted, ag officials will check every operation where there have been three or more complaints since 1996.

The Oklahoman