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.