- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - Rudd residents have raised concerns about a hog confinement that will be built less than a half-mile from the city limits.

The Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/19FE5qu ) reports that a group of residents met with the Floyd County Board of Supervisors Monday to discuss the confinement that’s set to be built for 2,490 hogs. Several residents are worried about the smell and waste that the confinement may produce.

Rudd resident Judy Miller says that since the confinement site is on a hill, waste could run down into a nearby creek. Another resident, Marilyn Jorgensen, says that property values in the area will drop if the confinement is built.

“You are going to lose taxes,” she told the supervisors.

At the meeting, residents asked the supervisors to consider passing a good-neighbor policy for livestock confinements like the one Cerro Gordo County passed in 2005.

The policy states that a local contact person should answer questions about construction and operations of a confinement and make a good-faith effort to address reasonable concerns. In return, neighbors should make good-faith effort to discuss concerns with the contact person before making adverse public statements about the operation.

The policy also states that the distance between the confinement and residences, public use areas, recreational areas and water sources should be taken into consideration.

Jeff Sherman, a county sanitarian, says that the proposed confinement falls within the requirements of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ master matrix scoring system, which evaluates the site of permitted confinement feeding operations, so there unlikely to be anything that the county can do about the matter.

Many residents have signed a letter opposing the confinement, and Supervisor Mark Kuhn recommended that copies of the petition be sent to members of the state legislature and the Department of Natural Resources.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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