Residents start petition to help fight proposed hog facility

By Beau Ebenezer

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM CDT

WENONA, Ill. -- Local residents hope a legislative petition will help stop a hog facility from moving into their neighborhood.

The group, Save Our Sandy, showed up in force at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

They are still fighting to prevent a 20,000 hog confinement facility from being built near Wenona.

Residents said their biggest concern is waste leaking into local waterways.

A petition was started to push forward a new bill, which would give more control to local government.

"People want local control," said Prairie Rivers Network Water Resources Scientist, Stacy James. "Local people want it so they can decide if the facility is not appropriate for the area."

"We do need to get control back to the local community," said local resident, Steve Clanin. "As it stands now, the decision is made by un-elected bureaucrats from the Illinois Department of Agriculture."

Last month, the Marshall County Board voted against the proposal.

They said it doesn't meet five criteria specified by the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will make the final decision once the proposed site operator answers a list of questions.

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