Federal Agencies Say Hog Farm Poses No Significant Impact to Buffalo National River

December 21, 2015 08:53 PM

A report by two federal agencies say there is no significant impact to the Buffalo National River from a nearby hog farm.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration cited current data and restrictions of C&H Hog Farms' permit as reasons why the farm would have no significant impact on the surrounding natural area.

The farm along Big Creek near Mount Judea is about 7 miles from where the creek flows into the river. It's permitted to have 2,500 sows and 4,000 piglets and has been criticized by nearby residents and environmental groups about the perceived risk of pollution from hog waste.

A federal judge ordered the assessment after a 2012 report was found to be incomplete.

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