Webster County rejects hog CAFO
CLARE (AP) – The Webster County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposed 5,000-head hog confinement facility that would be constructed west of Clare.
The board was concerned about how the water quality in Lizard Creek would be affected.
The project’s potential impact on property values and the fact that it would’ve been owned and operated by a company from outside the county were also considered by the board before it made its decision Tuesday.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has the final say on whether the project can go foward.
The facility would be built by New Modern Concepts and operated by Iowa Select Farms. Both have headquarters in Iowa Falls.
Supervisor Merrill Leffler said the board has to be proactive in protecting the county’s quality of life, with a Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC pork processing plant planned for nearby Wright County.
“The location – it’s interesting to me that they’re going to market these hogs in Marshalltown. It seems better for them to put the facility by Marshalltown,” Leffler said.
Leffler said the public has been overwhelmingly against the hog confinement facility.
“We have the possibility of Prestage coming in, and I think we’re going to get many, many, many applications for these (hog confinement) properties in northern Webster County especially,” said Leffler. “I think we need to start looking at what we can do to make sure our county is not totally inundated with these properties – which would extremely affect the quality of life in our county.”
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