- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Seven hog facility permit applications in the southeastern part of South Dakota have been withdrawn after recent backlash.

The applications were submitted by Karl Schenk, Craig Johnson and Jay Cutts for concentrated animal feeding operations in Yankton County. They withdrew their requests Monday, the Press & Dakotan (http://bit.ly/2sM2DsC ) reported.

The applications were originally approved during a Yankton Planning & Zoning board meeting in June. But the County Board of Adjustment tabled them last Wednesday after a lawyer representing opponents said a number of items usually completed before reaching the adjustment board hadn’t been completed.

“My clients indicated that they wanted to reevaluate their options,” said Ross Den Herder, attorney for the three applicants. “They were fairly unhappy with last Wednesday’s meeting.”

County Commission Chairman Don Kettering said he wasn’t aware of the decision and is disappointed in the outcome. He said he respects the developers’ decision to look at other options.

“It’s unfortunate if they did, but that’s certainly their option, and I can understand why they would (given) the amount of backlash they got for trying to do something that would help the economy and help the community,” Kettering said.

The proposals received a lot of publicity, with large anti-facility crowds gathering at the board meetings and opposition organizations forming, including the group Citizens Fighting for Quality of Life. Many residents opposing the facilities said the hog farms would affect the community’s quality of life.

Each proposed facility was expected to house a 2,400-head operation. That’s less than the number of animal units requiring a state permit.

Kettering said it would be a loss if the developers move the operation elsewhere.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/

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