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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Environment - "Hog farm expansion fought in Southern Indiana"

Here is today's story from Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier-Journal; it begins:

Indiana environmental officials could decide in the next few months whether to allow an Elizabeth-area farm to double the size of its 4,000-head swine operation.

But that action isn’t likely to end the controversy over the confined hog-finishing operation. Neighbors of the farm near Ind. 11 and Pumping Station Road have appealed the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s approval for the expansion, which has delayed the issuance of a final permit.

Next, opponents say they will file a lawsuit against farm owners Larry and Sandra Day and their son Tony, who manages the swine business, D Livestock Inc.

Several residents who formed a group last year have asserted that the Days’ business has contaminated groundwater and poses other health risks. They also complain that the operation has undercut property values. * * *

The operation, the only state-regulated confined-animal feeding operation, or CAFO, in Harrison County, involves spreading manure captured in a holding tank across the Days’ fields. The owners have laid out similar plans for the new facility.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 16, 2012 03:00 PM
Posted to Environment