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Permit Granted for Hog Farm in Buffalo River Watershed

By: Grant Scarsdale
Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013

Construction is underway on a corporate hog farm that is located within the Buffalo National River watershed, and the National Park Service is not too happy about the potential for pollution from the farm.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit to C&H Hog Farm last August, but Buffalo National River Superintendent Kevin Cheri said the Park Service was not aware of the permit application process or the permit’s approval until his office was contacted by local property owners and environmentalists.

The permit allows for two shallow pit confinement barns with a maximum capacity of 6,503 head of swine and the waste from the operation to be spread on a 670 acre farm. The farm is adjacent a tributary of Big Creek near Mt. Judea. Big Creek is in the Buffalo River watershed, and the hog farm is about 5 miles from the river.

Comments (10) - comment on this story

no! - 02/25/2013 2:22:02 PM
How long did it take last time to fix the sewage lift station that was leaking into Mill Creek that ran into the Buffalo around Pruitt.No one had the funds to repaire it. Can not see how a Fedral park could let this happen? Thanks
ray burkhart - 02/25/2013 7:48:13 PM
6,503 hogs = 6503 lbs of c**p per day X 356 days =2373595 lbs. per yr on 670 acres =3546.679 lbs per acre per year. Bill and Hillary had to have a hand in this.
Pigs in Space - 02/28/2013 9:35:03 AM
A general APCE meeting is scheduled March 22, in Little Rock. We are working to get this issue on schedule. Contact Stan Jorgensen – Chair Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission 101 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 205 sjorgensen@ecci.com Little Rock, AR 72201
To Ray Burkhart - 02/28/2013 8:40:31 PM
Your last sentence of your comment is pure nonsense and you know it. Dave Rust
bob allen - 03/02/2013 10:56:23 AM
It not just bill and hillary, they were collaborating with the Obama, the trilateral commission, and space aliens who intend to enslave us. Be afraid, be very afraid. :-)
T.D, Johnson - 03/03/2013 6:51:01 PM
I'm quite confused as to why a hog farm is being built in an area that can not grow the feed needed for the operstion. all of it will have to be transported in and I can't see how that will make the profit line work. I know it works for chickens, but these ain't chickens!
Kathy Leonard - 03/04/2013 1:29:51 PM
The Buffalo River has been enjoyed for years by my family. I have read about the enormous waste hog farms generate. I also do not eat any meat from a factory farm that tortures animals in confined areas. Gestation crates give the sow no room to turn around. The piglets nurse through the bars. How would your joints and muscles feel if you could never move? If more people saw this they would bypass bacon . PIGS ARE SMART and suffer terribly living in metal and concrete. They vomit in fear in route to slaughter. Lets change their environment and ours.
Grassroots Activist - 03/04/2013 3:55:43 PM
The Mill Creek Sewage issue is still a problematic source of contaminants. It won't be fixed until a whole new system is in place. The ADEQ was dragging its feet on the Mill Creek issue, and it took former Senator Blanche Lincoln to get a loan for a temporary pump. The ADEQ looks complicit in this Hog Farm fiasco.
Corey - 03/06/2013 7:41:22 AM
Just found FB page https://www.facebook.com/KeepTheBuffaloNationalRiverCrapFree. Here is some interesting stuff from it. "The farm’s permit lists officers as Jason Henson of Mt. Judea, and Richard Campbell and Philip Campbell, both of Vendor. The gestation and farrowing farm will operate under a contract with Cargill. Richard Campbell is a justice of the peace and he represents District 2, where the farm is being built. He made no statements during the comment period. He sat at the JPs’ table with his back to the crowd and kept his head bowed as he listened." We need everyone to call the Governor Bebbe. One call is about 1000 votes to his office. The number is 501-682-2345. Evidently Richard Campbell feels his farm is such a good idea, that it doesn't need justification. We asked in the meeting several times exactly what was planned for the farm, what would be used on the property, but he didn't know, or care, or who knows....he wouldn't let himself be known or heard. Maybe Cargill hasn't told him what they are doing. If you want to know just search online for Cargill hog farm pollution and see what they have in mind for the greatest, cleanest, place in Arkansas.
Roy Ijams - 04/21/2013 3:30:27 PM
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