February 6th, 2014 News

February 6th, 2014

IDEM Approves K&D Contract Pork's CAFO Application

Sadly, we need to inform you of the approval by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on Tuesday February 4, 2014 of K&D Contract Pork's permit for the Hog Farm. We must now reinvigorate our efforts which we have been preparing for as IDEM pondered it’s decision. There are many directions we must pursue. We ask for your continued support; financially, vocally, legislatively and most of all at the Steuben County level.

Please make your voice heard by writing a letter to the Steuben County Board of Zoning Appeals. This local agency is responsible for approving or disapproving the special exception that K&D Contract Pork requires. Remember that you can address everything that IDEM does and doesn't regulate, such as well water, lake water, odors, traffic, road conditions, locations of the operation and spreadfields, disposal of dead animals, and loss of property values. Your letters should not just explain how this CAFO could negatively impact you, but explain how this CAFO has the potential to negatively impact the county (for example, air and water pollution, property devaluation or affect on tourism). Send your letters to the following address...

Steuben County Board of Zoning Appeals
c/o Frank Charlton, Plan Director
317 S. Wayne St. Ste. 3H
Angola, IN 46703-1900

If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution to support our efforts please go to our website - http://www.steubenlakesenvironmental.com/donate.php. You can also mail your financial support payable to Fawn River Restoration & Conservation Charitable Trust and mail it to Steuben Lakes Environmental Consortium, LLC, PO Box 716, Angola, IN 46703.

In closing we want to express the need for you to show up at the upcoming Plan Commission Meeting and, more importantly, the Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting the dates of which are yet to be determined. Numbers Matter! Please check our website frequently for further information! We will keep you informed as this develops further.

Links of Interest:

-KPC News Article by Jennifer Decker - Hog CAFO gets state OK

-KPC News Article by Jennifer Decker - Farmer to seek CAFO OK

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