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Environmental group criticizes agribusiness impact

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland environmental group is calling on the state and federal regulators to protect waterways from so-called corporate agribusinesses.

Environment Maryland and Environment America released the report Wednesday. The groups says farming is not necessarily a polluting activity, but corporate agribusiness practices make pollution more likely. The groups also called for bans on what they say are the worst practices, including banning new concentrated animal feeding operations. The groups say agribusinesses should be held liable for the wastes produced by animals in their operations.

The report comes as states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are refining their bay restoration plans as part of a new federally led bay restoration effort.

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