DEQ OKs pig farm northwest of Montague

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CLAYBANKS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved a waste discharge permit for a pig farm in rural Oceana County.

The Marsh Swine Farm will sit along W. Flower Road, just west of S. 56th Avenue in Claybanks Township, northwest of Montague.

Housing up to 4,000 pigs at a time in enclosed barn, the farm is expected to produce an estimated 1.5 million gallons of manure each year. During a public hearing hosted by the DEQ in January, community members voiced their concerns about the effect that pig waste may have on their water quality.

Under the state permit, the farm will have to abide by a number of rules for disposing of pig waste meant to ensure that the environment and nearby water — including the Flower Creek watershed and Lake Michigan — aren’t negatively affected.

>>PDF: Permit requirements

The DEQ permit goes into effect June 1.

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