IDOA approves factory farm over local objections

Save Our Sandy continues to fight this mega-hog operation.

Save Our Sandy!  Photo credit: Gary L. Smith/Journal Star

Photo credit: Gary L. Smith/Journal Star

Despite local objections, another large hog operation has been approved for construction by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Local Marshall County residents fear their new neighbor will pollute nearby beautiful Sandy Creek and foul the air with unbearable odors. For months Prairie Rivers Network has been providing assistance to these concerned citizens, known as Save Our Sandy. Even with this latest setback, Save Our Sandy is not giving up!  Visit their Facebook page to help.

Beautiful Sandy Creek. This is what Save Our Sandy is fighting to protect.

Beautiful Sandy Creek. This is what Save Our Sandy is fighting to protect.
Photo credit: Save Our Sandy

For a full story on the Department of Agriculture’s approval of the controversial Sandy Creek Lane, LLC hog operation, see this Peoria Journal Star article (PDF).

Long-term reform means changing the law. Prairie Rivers Network has been working to improve the livestock operation siting law so that neighbors have more rights and protection from pollution. We are currently trying to find a rural legislator willing to sponsor a bill that will address the law’s shortcomings.

How can you help?  One way is to sign our petition.

Help protect the people living next to factory farms!

Sign our petition to change the law.

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