- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

CLAYTON, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois village has determined that local zoning rules can’t prevent construction of a large hog breeding operation that’s already won state approval.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig (bit.ly/1Qr7I1C ) reports that the Clayton village board announced its conclusion after a closed session Thursday night. Elected leaders had sought additional legal advice on the planned Falcon Ridge Farms, which 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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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, https://www.whig.com

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