Georgia's leaders are considering rolling back some of the pollution rules governing hog farms. Members of the Board of Natural Resources will discuss a plan Monday that would allow hog farms to grow from 7,500 pigs weighing 55 pounds or more to 12,500 pigs before they would be subject to stricter environmental rules.
How the state regulates large-scale farm waste is under scrutiny. A federal review says 70 percent of the farms don’t have proper oversight. The U.S. Inspector General’s office report says there’s a significant risk that Georgia’s supervision of farm animal waste disposal doesn’t protect water quality.