Report: Proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Near Brookville Lake Gets IDEM Approval
By Mike Perleberg
(Franklin County, Ind.) – A proposed pig feeding operation with the capacity for 4,800 hogs in Franklin County has the approval of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The Connersville News-Examiner reports the concentrated animal feeding operation would be built with two barns on 102 acres Brookville Lake in Fairfield Township owned by Scott and Susan Cooper of Liberty. The site near Powell and Bath roads is only about a mile from Brookville Reservoir
IDEM approval of the planned CAFO was granted on December 4.
While the proposed CAFO has IDEM approval, it still needs a zone change. Last year, the Franklin County Commissioners voted against allowing the zone change after the request received a 7-0 unfavorable recommendation from the Franklin County Area Plan Commission.
Now with IDEM approval, the Coopers have submitted another rezone request to the county. No action has been taken on it yet.
There are already 13 CAFOs operating in Franklin County, each of which are in agricultural-zoned areas, according to the News-Examiner.
Such animal factory operations are under the microscope of Indiana lawmakers. An interim study committee has been meeting to form recommendations for the Indiana Legislature to consider during the 2018 lawmaking session.
Supporters of CAFOs say the farms boost local economies and provide farmers’ livelihoods. On the other side, neighbors worry about water and air quality affecting their property values.