Hog farm near Buffalo River gets tentative OK for new permit

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality tentatively approved a new permit for a hog farm near Mount Judea. The department on Wednesday issued a draft for its decision approving the permit for C&H Hog Farms.

The company applied for a permit in April to keep operating under the state's no-discharge permit program. C&H Farms applied after the department canceled the type of permit the facility previously had been granted.

The pig farming facility led to changes to department regulations, public hearings and thousands of dollars in state-funded research on the facility's impact on its surroundings in the Buffalo River watershed.

Last year, the Buffalo National River had 1.46 million visitors.

C&H didn't immediately return messages from a reporter seeking a comment.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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