4,000-hog facility approved despite protests

(WLFI Photo, file)

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana farmer has won permission from county officials to build a facility housing 4,000 hogs even though dozens of residents are protesting the plans.

A Jackson County zoning board voted 4-0 to approve the confined feeding operation for a site a couple miles north of the town of Crothersville. The Tribune of Seymour reports the vote followed six hours of public comments before a crowd of more than 100 people who packed a courthouse meeting room.

Trina McLain said she had health concerns about the hog facility being about a quarter-mile from her home. She says most of the area’s nearly 500 homes would be downwind of the farm.

Farmer Kyle Broshears said the hog facility would be built as far as possible from the closest home.

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