11/01/2012 06:01 EDT | Updated 01/01/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia moves to clean up fur framing operations

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's mink farming industry will have to take steps to ensure their operations are environmentally responsible under legislation proposed by the province.

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says changes to the Fur Industry Act would require farms to develop plans to deal with the storage, treatment and disposal of manure, waste feed and animal carcasses.

The plans would have to be approved by a professional, private-sector engineer.

Farms would also be required to have a monitoring program for water and soil.

A department official says regulations will be released once the amended act is approved by cabinet.

The province says there are 150 licensed fur farming operations, mainly in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties.