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A hog confinement may be finding its way to Wapello, IA and residents around the proposed area are not pleased. 

The hog confinement has to be at least 1,250 feet away from a private residence and 1,875 feet from a public area.

This new confinement meets those requirements, but residents are still upset. 

"It's a beautiful spot," said a concerned resident near the proposed confinement James Reid. "I'd hate to see that I couldn't come out on this new porch I built and deck and sit and have a cup of iced tea because of the smell." 

Reid has lived here for 20 years. It's what he calls his idea of the Garden of Eden. His home overlooks parts of Lake Odessa and a wildlife refuge where people come to fish, hunt and swim. 

"You have to go inside," said Reid. "Your family, your friends don't even want to come visit you because the whole place smells like hog."

He's afraid all of that is in danger because of a proposed hog confinement that could be within a few miles from his home and even closer to many other public and private areas. 

The local farmer looking to build the hog confinement is with R&L Farms Partnerships LP. 

They're proposing to have 2,480 heads of hog, which does not require them to get a permit from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. 

"When they plan these places they don't look into the future at all," said Reid. "They just say well this is a good place, it's right next to a hard road, we can bring our trucks in we can do this, we can do that."

TriOak Foods marketing manager Al Muhlenbruck did not want to go on camera but said they are in a contract agreement with Randy Cook of R&L Farms. 

Muhlenbruck said Cook raises pigs for them and has been a great grower for them in the past. Muhlenbruck said the proposed location has been well thought out and exceeds state requirements. 

Even so, it doesn't make residents like James Reid feel any better.

"You become a prisoner in your own home with these things," said Reid. "Once they start dumping these fields and stuff around you, nobody wants to buy your property."

Iowa DNR said they received paperwork yesterday from those wanting to build this hog confinement. If they meet all requirements and regulations for construction design and manure management, the earliest they can start building is April 16th. 

 

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