C&H hog farms previously operated under an EPA general permit administered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). ADEQ no longer issues this type of permit and has published a draft regulation 5 permit for C&H – an Arkansas permit that allows no discharge from the facility. The draft permit is out for public comment with the comment period ending on March 17. The Ozark society Board of directors believes the permit, as written contains provisions that are inadequate to protect the environment and if issued, the C&H operation will continue to degrade the water and air of the Buffalo River watershed as it has for the four years since the start-up of the factory farm.
The Ozark Society board is in the process of preparing comments with the aid of Sam Ledbetter, an environmental attorney with the Little Rock firm of McMath Woods. Our goal is to convince ADEQ to deny the C&H permit. Ozark society members can prepare and submit comments directly to ADEQ (see below) but we prefer that you send your comments to us and we will include them with the Board’s submission. If you agree, please send your comments to <email@example.com>.
Permit Number 5264-W; AFIN 51-00-0016
Katherine McWilliams, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118-5317, (510)-682-0648
Or, by email: Water-Draft-Permit-Comment@edeq.state.ar.us
David Peterson, Ozark Society President[/gn_box]