State denies permit to hog farm near Buffalo River

State denies permit to hog farm near Buffalo River

VENDOR, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas environmental regulatory agency has denied a permit for a hog farm because of concerns that pig waste might be contaminating the nearby Buffalo River.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued a final decision Monday that C&H Hog Farm in Vendor can no longer operate. Its decision followed a period of public comment after the department initially denied the permit for the farm in September.

The department first denied the farm’s permit in January, but the farm appealed to the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission, which sent the decision back to the department in August. The farm appealed that decision as well, and in October a judge ordered a stay on the department’s decision to deny the permit in September.

C&H can appeal this decision as well.

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