County loses bid to block northern Iowa hog confinement
MASON CITY (AP) — Cerro Gordo County has lost another effort to block construction of a 5,000-head hog confinement near Ventura.
The state Environmental Commission voted 8-0 Tuesday to deny a county appeal of an earlier decision by the Iowa Natural Resources Department. County officials say they'll consider taking the issue to court.
County officials say the River Edge Farms proposal met requirements, but three of the county supervisors still had concerns about its location and potential impact. Several neighbors also have voiced their objections to the project.
State Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp says his agency could only approve the project because River Edge arms had complied with all regulations.