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E-M:/ Hog Factory Spill

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This just in:

Hog waste from an overflowing lagoon in Audrain County has contaminated more than three miles of the upper Loutre River, killing small fish and invertebrates. A state Department of Natural Resources inspector discovered the spill Monday afternoon as he was conducting a follow-up inspection at McCaw Farms, where there was another environmental incident in June.

McCaw Farms has a state permit to operate a feeding operation with as many as 16,800 hogs in 24 barns, said Connie Patterson, spokeswoman for DNR. McCaw works under contract with Cargill Pork operations.



Patty Cantrell
Public Trust Alliance Project Manager
P.O. Box 228, 845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616

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