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CAFO Gets Preliminary Approval From Area Plan Commission

A proposed Confined Animal Feeding Operation in northern Grant County has received preliminary approval from the Grant County Area Plan Commission.

Before a standing-room-only crowd inside and outside the County Council chambers Monday night, the Plan Commission voted 9-to-1 to give preliminary approval to the plans of Nolan Holloway for an enclosed hog-growing operation that could house more than nine-thousand hogs at a time.  The facility would be in two buildings to be built just off State Road 15 north of Marion.  The plans earlier received approval from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Opponents say the facility would affect water tables and property values and they worry about the smell that could be caused by such a facility.  Both sides were given only 25-minutes to present their cases and that upset opponents, who say it wasn’t enough time.

According to the “Chronicle-Tribune,” Plan Commission members said they need more time to study the information presented, so a final vote on the matter won’t be taken until the Plan Commission’s next meeting in November.


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