A judge is giving two federal agencies more time to assess the environmental impact of a northern Arkansas hog farm in the Buffalo National River watershed.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a judge granted a three-month extension Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The agencies had asked for the extension, citing "an unexpectedly large" amount of public comments on a draft assessment of C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea.
A lawsuit filed against the agencies in 2013 argued that a 2012 assessment was incomplete. The agencies were ordered to do a new assessment complying with the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
The latest draft released this summer came to the same conclusion as the tossed-out study.