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Would-Be Neighbors Of Proposed Hog Farm File Zoning Appeal

Decatur County residents are worried the proposed 4,400-hog farm would reduce their water supply.

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The hog farm in Decatur County would house about 4,400 hogs at a time.

A group of Decatur County residents have filed an appeal to block the construction of a large-scale hog farm that’s been approved by the state.

The proposed Cook Farm would raise about 4,400 hogs at a time in confinement on a lot near the Bartholomew County line.

Many of the project’s opponents are would-be neighbors who have raised concerns about the farm’s effect on local water resources, as well as their property values and quality of life.

The appeal was filed with the Decatur County’s Board of Zoning Appeals, but residents say if the board rejects their request, they’ll take the next step – filing an appeal in court.

County Area Plan Director David Neuman says he doesn’t know when the zoning board will make its decision.

The Department of Environmental Management issued the necessary state permit for the farm in late July.

Sehvilla Mann

Sehvilla Mann has been reporting for WFIU since summer 2012, when she began working toward her master's degree in journalism at Indiana University. Her work has won three awards from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. A native of Urbana, Illinois, she is not sure she understands hills but enjoys looking at the ones around Bloomington.

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