- Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal agencies will have a year to do a new environmental assessment of a hog farm near the Buffalo National River after a federal appeals court’s ruling.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion Friday to withdraw its appeal of a previous ruling requiring the new assessment. In December, a judge ruled that federal agencies had not properly assessed C&H; Hog Farm before guaranteeing about $3 million in private loans.

Also Friday, the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission reinstated a temporary ban on new permits for large and medium hog farms near the Buffalo National River.

The vote that renews the ban for six months comes two days after Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s statement supporting the ban.

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