Hundreds of hog farm opponents attend DNR meeting

3 years 1 month 6 days ago Thursday, November 06 2014 Nov 6, 2014 Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:19:00 PM CST November 06, 2014 in News
By: Katie Link, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The gymnasium at Hatton-McCredie Elementary school in northwest Callaway County buzzed with activity Thursday evening as representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) facilitated a public meeting concerning a proposed hog farm. 

Iowa-based Eichelberger Farms Inc. plans to bring a 10,000 hog concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) to Callaway County, but not everyone is on board with that plan.

Neighbors have been fighting the proposed CAFO since May. The DNR announced a meeting to hear neighbor grievances last month. The Water Protection Program, a section of the DNR, will listen to public comments and then recommend that the DNR either deny or allow the proposed farm. 

"All those comments go into our review of the application and eventually our decision on issuing it or issuing it with conditions or denying it," said Water Protection Program Director John Madras. 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources outlines all regulations that CAFOs must meet to be in operation on their website.

Opponents of the hog farm hired Kathy Martin, a licensed engineer from Oklahoma, to survey the land.

"As an engineer I look at the engineering design of the waste management system, the pits under the barn, look at the piping, look at the mortality management, look at the site and compare all of those items to what's required by the regulations, and then I created a report," Martin said.

This report pointed to numerous possible problems that could arise on the 20 acres of land in question.

"The biggest part is the location itself," Martin said. "They are going to build these barns on top of three ponds, they failed to mention any of the ponds in the permit application at all and, to me, if you're going to be building something underground on top of a lake you should talk about the fact that there's a lake there already."

According to a section of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act, if the DNR approves the CAFO, Eichelberger Farms must next apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System monitors possible pollutants that could damage waterways. 

The DNR will review the comments from Thursday's meeting, and it will either accept or deny Eichelberger Farms' proposal in about a month.

A map shown at a public meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Callaway County, Missouri, at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School. (KOMU/Meghan Levota)

Citizens of Callaway County are concerned about a proposed hog farm. They announced their concerns at a public meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Callaway County, Missouri, at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School. (KOMU/Meghan Levota)

People came from across the state of Missouri to a public meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Callaway County, Missouri, at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School.to show their support because this hog farm could affect everyone. (KOMU/Meghan Levota)

People from all over Missouri gave their comments at a public meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Callaway County, Missouri, at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School. (KOMU/Meghan Levota)

Gary Windmann, farmer from Mexico, Missouri, got passionate sharing his opposition at a public meeting on Nov. 8, 2014, in Callaway County, Missouri at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School. (KOMU/Meghan Levota)

More News

Grid
List
MILLER COUNTY - Prosecutors charged a Miller County man with failing to comply with sex offender registration for a third... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, December 13 2017 Dec 13, 2017 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:44:00 AM CST December 13, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The growth of Columbia Regional Airport is set to take another step forward Wednesday morning. Mayor Brian... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, December 13 2017 Dec 13, 2017 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 8:04:00 AM CST December 13, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - SWAT teams broke in to a home on Fir Place following a standoff early Wednesday, but did not... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, December 13 2017 Dec 13, 2017 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:55:00 AM CST December 13, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - For people in jail, it's sometimes difficult to get together the funds to bail out. That's where... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Republican Roy Moore, beset by allegations of sexual misconduct, lost his bid to become a senator.... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:30:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The former Cole County Chief Juvenile Officer sued his former boss and the Cole County Commission Tuesday,... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - An abandoned car caught fire Tuesday at the intersection of East Broadway and South Rolling Hills Road.... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
Update: Police said the investigation into the Monday Old Hawthorne homicide revealed a home invasion and drug use. Investigators... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has entered in a new foster care study that will look at foster parent recruitment and retention.... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:51:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A criminal investigation was underway Tuesday after a man's death and a vehicle fire. Foul play was... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:08:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Cover Missouri, a coalition promoting sign ups for the Affordable Care Act, held an open-enrollment event at the... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 2018 Jefferson City council elections only have one contested seat: 5th Ward Council member. Incumbent... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Truman VA’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) went live with a new Tele-ICU technology on Tuesday. Tele-ICU... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Police are still investigating the death of Augustus Roberts, the man found dead at a home in the... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Troopers arrested a man on Tuesday after a high-speed chase which started south of Ashland and ended in... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:38:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
VERSAILLES - Prosecutors filed charges against three employees of the Morgan County Jail on Monday, including a nurse accused of... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:37:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has become the 34th state, in addition to two territories, to accept a nationwide public safety network.... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
NEVADA (AP) — Two inmates who were captured soon after breaking out of a western Missouri jail face new charges.... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:20:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
11am 48°
12pm 52°
1pm 54°
2pm 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld