Hog farm opponent speaks on upcoming court case
FULTON — Friends of Responsible Agriculture is taking Missouri Clean Water Commission to court again on Monday.
The Missouri Clean Water Commission voted 3-2 in favor of an operating permit for a large hog farm in western Callaway County. FORAG wants Cole County Judge Daniel Green to void the permit on the grounds of violation of the number of members approving the permit.
Two members of the seven Missouri Clean Water Commission members were ordered not to vote on the issue. Typically, four members are required to vote in favor to pass but with two members missing from the vote the commission followed majority rules guidelines.
FORAG's president, Jeff Jones, has been working for two years to try and stop Callaway Farrowing's proposed hog farm.
Jones believes the prospective environmental effects of the farm is bigger than a community issue.
"We are all interested in the same thing, which is clean water. We can no longer take that for granted any more. Now we need to protect that and stand up for it," Jones said.
Jones is ready for a verdict but told KOMU 8 News the time he has already put in has been worth it.