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Manager of hog confinement: "I understand concerns with expansion in Winneshiek County"

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WINNESHIEK COUNTY (KWWL) - Brad Herman, manager of Millennium Ag., LLC, told KWWL Wednesday he understands the concerns with the planned expansion of a hog confinement near Bear Creek.

The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors has expressed concerns about the expansion, stating the potential for adverse effects on Bear Creek, an attraction that brings in $2.8 million in revenue and expenditures from people visiting.

The hog confinement was granted a permit to expand closer to Bear Creek, a popular location for trout fishing in Winneshiek County, despite the recommendation of the Board of Supervisors to deny the permit.

Winneshiek County Supervisor Dean Thompson said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPC) voted to affirm the permit on October 14th which allows the hog confinement to move forward with its expansion.

Herman said the expansion includes two buildings, one away from Bear Creek and the other approximately 140 feet closer to Bear Creek from the existing hog confinement.

"We've been in this business since 1998 and have had no problems," said Herman.

He said the hog confinement will continue to follow guidelines set forth by the EPC and Department of Natural Resources, and the expansion should be completed around August of next year.
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