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Newton County hog farm operator requests stay of ADEQ permit denial

Request of stay asked for by hog operator (Photo Courtesy Talk Business & Politics)

Little Rock, Ar. (Talk Business & Politics) Two days after the director of the state Department of Environment Quality (ADEQ) denied C&H Hog Farms a permit to operate in the Buffalo River watershed, attorneys for the Newton County sow grower filed a request to stay the decision, an ADEQ spokeswoman told Talk Business & Politics on Friday.

ADEQ spokeswoman Donnally Davis would not speak in detail about the request to lift Wednesday’s order by ADEQ Director Becky Keogh, but said the process for the department’s review of C&H’s request would be carried out under the agency’s so-called Regulation 8 rules.

Under ADEQ’s Reg. 8.612, Keogh’s denial of the operating permit earlier in the week will remain in place unless the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission modifies or terminates the stay “under appropriate circumstances to avoid substantial prejudice to any party.” The 13-person APC&E commission, which includes six members from six state agencies and seven appointed by the governor, serves as the environmental policy-making body for the state.

If the stay remains in place, C&H can file a request for hearing before the Commission within 30 calendar days after Keogh’s Jan. 10 decision. The Commission chairperson can then place the hearing request on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled meeting, or call a special meeting to reconsider the request.

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