Neighbors left with questions on proposed hog facility

A hog facility permit in Tippecanoe and Montgomery counties has neighbors questioning their family's safety.

Posted: Jul 20, 2018 5:42 PM

TIPPECANOE/MONTGOMERY, Ind. (WLFI)— A hog facility permit in Tippecanoe and Montgomery counties has neighbors questioning their family's safety.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is still reviewing the permit for approval.

Neighbors WLFI spoke with understand and support the agricultural business but the issue they want answers to are the details of this project.

Todd Yundt moved into his home in Linden back in May. He was unaware of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation potentially breaking ground next door.

"I just see a big huge mess coming up," Yundt said. "It's been hot, they run the fans, pumping the stench out, 24/7 and you get the southwest winds that are going to blow right to our house."

Owners of Lost Acre Pork LLC sent out a letter to surrounding neighbors a month ago, describing the proposal of two new confined feeding buildings that will hold 9,600 pigs.

Owner Randy Geswein said they plan to keep the facility as clean as possible.

"I think in our letter to the landowners that odor is something we're going to work on," said Geswein. "Whether it is planting trees, we are going to work on these new barns and it will tremendously help."

Smell isn't the neighbors only concern.

"It's going to take a lot of water to water all these hogs," said Yundt "Plus the town is pumping a million gallons a day."

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said the Department of Natural Resources must check the water availability from the wells. Concrete storage containers underground holding manure must also be inspected by IDEM every five years for maintenance, including manure leaks.

Yundt knows Geswein owns the land but wishes the facility would be built somewhere else.

"I would think they could find a better location," said Yundt "It was pretty devastating to get the letter."

According to IDEM's regulations, farmers must report any manure leakage within two hours of noticing a spill or leak. IDEM will be accepting letters from those who live nearby until the project is approved.

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