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COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śWhere is the waste from the animals going? What about the nearby ditches?â€ť 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.
â€śThis isnâ€™t the first time weâ€™ve seen this sort of thing happen,â€ť Bates said. â€śThere was a turkey farm here in the early 1990s that ended up closing because they couldnâ€™t keep the manure from getting into the ditches and the rivers.â€ť
In June, residents caught wind of the possible farm and began pulling together public opinion.
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