1/25/2017 1:08:00 PM Fulton County calls off hog confinement project
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — One of Illinois’ largest pork producers has cancelled its plans to build a hog confinement in downstate Fulton County.
The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2jWQ4sS ) reports the affiliate of Professional Swine Management formally removed its notice of intent to construct from the Illinois Department of Agriculture last week.
The decision came a day after local residents, who feared the waste from the facility could pollute rivers and creeks, protested the hog confinement at a meeting last Wednesday.
However, state agricultural officials say Professional Swine Management could restart the permitting process if they turn in a new application.
The Tribune could not reach the company’s officials for comment.
According to the newspaper, nearly half of the 1 million fish killed in Illinois water pollution incidents from 2005 to 2014 were due to waste spills from hog confinements.