- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

CLAYTON, Ill. (AP) - Officials in a western Illinois village are attempting to determine whether local zoning rules prevent construction of a large hog breeding operation that’s already won state approval.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig (bit.ly/1NFboHS ) reports that the Clayton village board is seeking additional legal advice on the planned Falcon Ridge Farms, a four-building confinement facility that could house more than 19,000 hogs and several thousand sows.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture approved the facility in August. That endorsement came soon after Adams County elected leaders voted unanimously to support the project, which will be operated by Carthage-based Professional Swine Management.

Members of Clayton Area Residents for Clean Air and Water and other residents opposed to the project say it could generate noxious odors from manure and possible groundwater contamination.

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