- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) - Louisa County officials say they aren’t able to stop plans for a hog confinement operation that could hold nearly 2,500 animals.

The Muscatine Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1mx8kUE ) that county supervisors on Tuesday expressed sympathy with complaints by neighbors about a planned operation near an area of cabins and recreation developments on Lake Odessa.

The facility would hold up to 2, 480 young female pigs, which would be checked for disease. The hogs would be owned by Tri-Oak Feeds of Oakville.

Neighbors have expressed concerns about lowered property values, poor air quality and other environmental problems.

Supervisor Randy Griffen says state law has left county officials nearly powerless to stop such operations.

Neighbors presented officials with a petition signed by more than 100 residents objecting to the proposed development.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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