Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 6, 2013

Concern over lack of hog barn regulations

Dear Editor:

I would like to express my concern over the complete lack of regulation of CFO’s (Hog barns) in Decatur County.

Through IDEM’s (the Indiana department that supposedly regulates these) own admission, they do not turn down any applications for these facilities. We asked them outright at a meeting at the Hartsville Fire Department. They stated that as long as the minimum paperwork was filled out, they would approve permits. They also stated that water, nor air quality had any bearing on their decision. They then proceeded to state that regulation was up to the county where the barns were to be located.

Now, according to the Decatur County’s attorney, once IDEM issues the permit, the building of the operation may proceed without anything from the county, including no building permit. Try building a shed around here without one. Good luck.

And they can build a several thousand head operation without as much as a building permit. That’s insane at best.

The county officials stated that it is IDEM’s place to regulate the operation; IDEM says it’s the county’s responsibility. Someone is confused and missing the point.

According to the DNR’s own paperwork, the creeks in my area are already at the top of their range for E. coli, and they want to put in more barns.

I grew up in a rural community, and have always supported the farmers around me, but this has got to stop. There, at the very least, should be due-process to allow the people affected an opportunity to voice their concerns at a local level.

Until this situation arose, I had never heard of anything so ridiculous.

There is a meeting of the Decatur County Area Planning commission August 7 at 6:30 p.m. I encourage all concerned, affected, and potentially affected residents to attend.


Dan Dinsmore


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