Environmental groups to speak on Arkansas hog farm appeal
MOUNT JUDEA, Ark. (AP) — A judge has ruled that two environmental groups can intervene in an Arkansas hog farm’s appeal of its permit denial.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that C&H Hog Farms has appealed the state Department of Environmental Quality’s January denial of its operating permit to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6.
The commission’s judge ruled Friday that the Ozark Society and the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance could intervene in the appeal. Both groups oppose the farm’s permit application.
The farm operates near Mount Judea, along where Big Creek feeds into the Buffalo River. Its application for a new permit was denied because it didn’t review the groundwater flow direction or develop an emergency action plan.
The farm can remain open during the appeal process.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com