Arkansas to re­view waste pro­posal af­ter hog farm buy­out

The Saline Courier - - COURIER CLASSIFIED­S -

LIT­TLE ROCK — Arkansas will re­view a pro­posal to re­move waste from the coun­try’s first na­tional river wa­ter­shed af­ter a large hog farm ac­cepted a buy­out from the state to close its site fol­low­ing years of en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist com­plaints.

The Arkansas De­part­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment hired Har­bor En­vi­ron­men­tal to draft the clo­sure plan for C&H Hog Farms, which was com­pleted late Septem­ber. It in­cludes per­ma­nently ban­ning medium and large hog farms from the Buf­falo Na­tional River wa­ter­shed.

C&H took a $6.2 mil­lion buy­out from the state this sum­mer to shut­ter the farm af­ter years of con­cerns were raised about such a large farm’s po­ten­tial im­pact on the river. The farm was per­mit­ted to house about 6,000 hogs. It must close by early Fe­bru­ary.

Crit­ics have ex­pressed con­cern over pol­lu­tion, but the re­search has not ex­plic­itly found that C&H caused the al­gae in the river.

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