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Monday, June 01, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Angola CAFO tabled before zoning vote: Farmer seeks delay for plan, input"

Adding to this long list of ILB posts on CAFOs, Jeff Wiehe reported May 29th in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

Pete Hippensteel believes it’ll bring nothing but air and water pollution.

That’s why for nearly two years, the Lake James resident has been outspoken against a proposed 4,800-hog confined animal feeding operation – or CAFO – that would be near Angola in the heart of the Steuben County lakes region.

Last week, with a county Board of Zoning Appeals vote looming to approve or reject a special exception that would allow the CAFO to be built, the man behind the facility asked that his application be tabled.

For now.

Which means Hippensteel and other residents who have opposed the CAFO – at least one public meeting before the county Plan Commission was standing room only – will wait even longer to find out whether they’ll soon be near a facility they believe does not belong anywhere near the lakes they inhabit.

“It’s a situation where we just have to wait until the process works its way through,” said Hippensteel, the technical vice president of the Steuben County Lakes Council, a group that has mounted opposition to the CAFO. * * *

The CAFO, which would be near Pine Canyon and Crooked lakes, has already received approval from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Steuben County Plan Commission.

It is now the second such facility in the past few months to have plans tabled in the wake of outcry from nearby residents.

In DeKalb County, a proposed 5,000-head dairy confined-feeding operation near Butler was shelved this year after several residents decried the plan.

The man behind that CAFO, Paddy Dunne, withdrew his application in mid-February. He could not be reached for comment, but he told the Farmer’s Exchange website this month that he’d done so because he did not yet have IDEM approval.

He also told the website that he intends to resubmit plans for the CAFO when he has a permit from IDEM.

Similarly, the CAFO proposed in Steuben County is also still in the works, according to an attorney representing Werner.

Werner asked the Board of Zoning Appeals to delay its vote because he is in the process of coming up with an odor-management plan – which is not required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management – and wants to talk to residents who oppose the facility, possibly at a public meeting, where he can share plans and answer questions, according to his attorney. * * *

Hippensteel believes he’s done his homework and that such an operation would only muddy the area’s waters, literally.

He claims that Werner’s proposed facility might have problems with the spread of manure, and he believes issues that other states, such as Iowa, have had – foul air among them – will begin to pop up in the area, which continues to grow with a combination of small rural homes, condominiums and lake houses.

“People in this area are going to be spending a lot of time outside,” he said. “Air pollution is going to be a problem.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 1, 2015 09:56 AM
Posted to Indiana Government