Arkansas to review waste proposal after hog farm buyout
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.