The latest draft environmental assessment over a northwestern Arkansas hog farm has determined the facility isn't likely to have a significant detrimental impact in the Buffalo National River watershed.
The report issued by two federal agencies and released Thursday comes to the same conclusion as a tossed-out 2012 study.
The new assessment is good news for C&H Hog Farms, but it's disappointing to environmental groups that seek C&H's closure and have worked to curb future facilities in the watershed for fear of hog waste pollution.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the C&H facility sits on Big Creek, which is almost 7 miles from where it flows into the Buffalo National River.
The new assessment was mandated by a 2014 federal court order.