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Published May 26, 2011, 10:52 PM

Jury says California chicken egg farm is foul

SAN FRANCISCO — A Central California egg farmer has been ordered to pay its neighbors $500,000 after a federal jury found the massive operation to be a nuisance under state law.

By: Tracie Cone, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A Central California egg farmer has been ordered to pay its neighbors $500,000 after a federal jury found the massive operation to be a nuisance under state law.

The Humane Society of the United States brought the case in 2008 on behalf of eight neighbors, who complained that a 13-acre waste lagoon serving 600,000 chickens at Olivera Egg Ranch near French Camp fouled the air. The ammonia released from 133,000 pounds of manure generated daily is considered hazardous.

A jury in the court of U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez assigned the damages after a trial in Sacramento.

Humane Society attorney Jonathan Lovvorn says his team plans to ask the court for changes at the facility that will reduce emissions.

Farm owner Edward Olivera and his attorney did not immediately return calls for comment.

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