Court order blocks vote on Callaway County hog farm
COLUMBIA (AP) - Opponents of a proposed hog farm that would house 10,000 breeding sows in mid-Missouri have won a court order blocking regulatory action that would have allowed construction to start.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Friends of Responsible Agriculture have been fighting Callaway Farrowing LLC's proposed hog operation since last summer. Their efforts included challenging a permit issued in November by the Department of Natural Resources.
In April, an administrative hearing commissioner turned down the challenge and recommended the Clean Water Commission sustain the permit. But a Cole County judge issued a preliminary writ of prohibition on Friday blocking the vote, which was on the commission's agenda for Wednesday.
Callaway Farrowing attorney Robert Brundage didn't immediately return a phone call Saturday from The Associated Press.