Letter: Writer fears superbug threat from hog farm

To the editor:

James Lucas plans to build an 8,000-hog confined animal feeding operation in the East Fork White River floodplain north of Brownstown Central High School.

Like other similar hog operators, he plans to use the hog manure on local fields as fertilizer. This operation will not be far from the recently enlarged 8,000-hog farm operated by Phillip Pottschmidt just east of town.

In my opinion, that operation is the cause of the markedly increased intensity and frequency of air pollution around the high school and Lutheran Central School neighborhood and in the area from McDonald’s to the Courthouse and beyond; the Lucas proposal could double the air pollution problem.

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