Proposed hog megafarm causes stir in northern Wisconsin

Opponents Against Shores of Chequamegon Bay for Hog Farm

(AP) – Opponents are raising concerns about a proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin.

An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay.

But plans for the Bayfield County farm are coming under fire from some residents who fear that millions of gallons of hog manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the $17.7 million farm would be the largest hog farm in Wisconsin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will review the project because of the size of the farm and concerns raised by Wisconsin American Indian tribes.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is expected to announce this week whether to require a lengthy environmental-impact statement.

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