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People express concerns about Mount Judea hog farm changes - KY3 News

20 Apr 2015 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
KY3 News

Eric Hiltehilt@schurz.comPOSTED: 10:34 PM CDT Apr 20, 2015

JASPER, Ark. -

A controversial hog farm near the Buffalo National River is hoping to change how it deals with some waste from its operation, but people living nearby say they don't want to chance any changes to the C&H hog farm.

    In the past, public  meetings about the C&H hog game in Mount Judea have drawn a lot of concern from people, and Monday's meeting in Jasper was no different.

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality hosted the meeting to discuss a change where the farm could use tanker trucks to spread waste from its second pool. Right now only sprinklers are used for the second pool, which is mainly sewage and overflow from the farms first pool.

    "The second pond is the overflow pond, it receives a lot less waste and the waste is a lot more liquids, not a lot of solids in it," Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Deputy Director Ryan Benefield,

    People at the meeting said they're concerned about the effect the change would have on the nearby Buffalo National River.

    "Anytime they want to change the way they've got things set up is a concern for me because it wasn't sustainable to begin with and tinkering it is probably not going to make it more sustainable," Lin Wellford said

    The Department of Environmental Quality expects to make a decision soon.

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