In this file:
· US: Supervisors to review proposed hog confinement north of Maxwell
· Canada: Erinsville citizens pushing back against proposed hog farm in hamlet
· US: Proposal to ban hog farms near Buffalo River tossed out Vote affirms panel rejection
Supervisors to review proposed hog confinement north of Maxwell
By Robbie Sequeira, The Ames Tribune (IA)
Jun 20, 2020
An application for a proposed confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) sited north of Maxwell in Indian Creek Township will be evaluated by the Story County Board of Supervisors at a 6 p.m. special evening Zoom meeting on Tuesday.
The applicant, Maxwell Farms LLC, is proposing to construct a CAFO that would hold roughly 4,960 hogs on the south side of 305th Street, between 630th and 640th avenues.
According to the application, the structure will be used for stockpiling and composting activities, and the dead animals would be placed within the composter within 24 hours after death.
The Board of Supervisors can make a recommendation to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for approval or denial of the permit, but the ultimate decision lies with the DNR.
In January, the Story County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in order to use the master matrix, which can be used to evaluate the siting of permitted confinement feeding operations.
The DNR stipulates applicants must have a minimum pass grade of 440 points and at least 25% of the available points in each of the three subcategories of air, water and community impacts to pass the master matrix.
According to the applicant’s proposal, the proposed CAFO scored a 445, which is also the county’s minimum scoring standard.
However, some are arguing the environmental and health effects of CAFOs, which was an argument expressed during a January 2019 meeting in which the then-board voted to make a request to Gov. Kim Reynolds to impose a moratorium on CAFOs.
In 2019, the board at voted 2-1 to defeat a motion to appeal the DNR’s approval of permits on a proposed CFO in Richland Township 29.
The proposed confinement site on Richland 29 is a mile north of Nevada, where many argued the manure being distributed there could possibly touch the northern border of Nevada and drain into Harrington Park.
Opposition to CAFO across the state reemerged...
Erinsville citizens pushing back against proposed hog farm in hamlet
Brock Ormond, Inquinte.ca (Canada)
June 19, 2020
A group of concerned citizens are battling back against a proposed intensive hog farm in Erinsville, north of Napanee.
This swine operation is being proposed for the hamlet by Tweed farmer Mark Slack and a site plan control application was approved by Stone Mills Township Council during a May 19 meeting.
More than 1,200 pigs and 125 cattle are being proposed for occupancy on the farm.
Member of the Concerned Citizens for Our Community Environments group and President of the Friend of Salmon River group Susan Moore spoke to InQuinte.ca regarding the high level of concerns many residents have regarding this operation.
She said the primary concern from residents is the farm's close proximity to a residential area including many homes and cottages, a church, an elementary school and Beaver Lake, which is only 800 metres away from the farm’s proposed location on Waddell Road.
“The other big concern is public health and safety,” Moore said.
“We’re really worried about the effect on people’s wells, [I deleted properties] groundwater, the lakes and the Salmon River Watershed."
Some of the group’s members gave a deputation during a virtual council meeting earlier this week, and displayed a map showing evidence of a stream flowing from Slack’s property directly to Beaver Lake.
Moore said this would increase the chance of contaminated water running off into neighbouring wells, Beaver Lake, White Lake, and the Salmon River water system.
Moore added the citizens’ group has also investigated the site plan documents and discovered numerous discrepancies in the Nutrient Management Strategy, an environmental document required by OMAFRA that involves manure management and storage requirements plus available land and agreements for spreading the manure.
She stated the group also found that the hydrogeology report produced for Slack’s property was “insufficient,” due to the distinct possibility of porous limestone karst on site.
“They will have to dig into the foundation to see if there’s karst or fractured limestone down there.”
“If there is fractured limestone, then the Ministry (of Environment Conservation and Parks) has to come in and figure out if a manure tank can be put in there.”
“How can it be safe to build in a place where fractured limestone has all these channels going everywhere. If there is a spill, you don’t know where it’s going to end up.”
Stone Mills staff had circulated the application for review and reported that Quinte Conservation had been satisfied...
Proposal to ban hog farms near Buffalo River tossed out Vote affirms panel rejection
by Michael R. Wickline, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (AR)
June 20, 2020
The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday ditched proposed state rules that would permanently ban medium and large-scale hog farms from the Buffalo River watershed.
In a voice vote with no discussion and a few lawmakers audibly dissenting, the council accepted the recommendation of its Administration Rules Subcommittee not to approve revisions to Rules Five and Six proposed by the state Division of Environmental Quality.
C&H Hog Farms closed in January after the state, under Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, negotiated a multimillion-dollar buyout deal to get a conservation easement to limit the uses of the land where that large hog farm was.
In 2012, the hog farm obtained a permit under the administration of then-Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, to house up to 6,503 hogs on Big Creek, a tributary of the Buffalo River. Conservationists, fearing underground contamination from hog waste, fought for years to close C&H Hog Farms.
The proposed moratorium has been backed by Hutchinson, who said he was directing Becky Keogh, secretary of the Department of Energy and Environment, and environmental regulators to make the moratorium permanent when he announced the buyout deal.
Hutchinson said Friday in a written statement, "The rules banning medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo River watershed have been adopted by the [Pollution Control and Ecology Commission], which is the commission charged by the General Assembly with the responsibility of adopting rules to protect both our farm land and our natural heritage.
"The Commission worked hard on this rule and heard from thousands of Arkansans before it unanimously passed the rules that are limited to the Buffalo River area."
"It is disappointing that the General Assembly failed to approve these rules. We are looking at what action to take next to assure that the Buffalo River is protected and healthy for the next generation," he said.
The second-term governor was asked by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette why he thought the rules were rejected, if it shows the sway of the Farm Bureau and if it shows it will be harder for him to get proposals through the Legislature. His spokeswoman, Katie Beck, said, "That question can only be answered by the members" of the Arkansas Legislative Council.
Asked if the Legislative Council's decision reflects that the Arkansas Farm Bureau has more sway than conservationists with lawmakers, Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, said in an interview, "I don't think Farm Bureau played the role that I think some did...