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WASHINGTON HOG FARM: Preparing pigs for market riffles residents

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed Controlled Feeding Operation (CFO) has residents in Washington Township steamed at the thought of hundreds of hogs moving into the area.

Sandy Bates is a long-time resident on S. Ind. 9, just a mile and a half from the proposed hog feeding operation.

Her concern and complaint against the proposed CFO lies with the waste disposal from the animals.

“Where is the waste from the animals going? What about the nearby ditches?” Bates wrote in a Letter to the Editor submitted to The Post & Mail.

Two ditches flank the 14.89 acres pinpointed for the hog operation. Bates is worried that excrement from the hogs will wash down the ditches, ending up in the Wabash River.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing happen,” Bates said. “There was a turkey farm here in the early 1990s that ended up closing because they couldn’t keep the manure from getting into the ditches and the rivers.”

In June, residents caught wind of the possible farm and began pulling together public opinion.

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