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KDHE Hearing

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT HELD A PUBLIC HEARING LAST NIGHT TO GET WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED PERMIT THAT IS BEING SUBMITTED BY CALVERT SWINE.  THEY ARE PLANNING TO BUILD A 93 HUNDRED HEAD HOG UNIT EAST OF CALVERT JUST OFF HIGHWAY 383.  THE PLANS FOR THE UNIT HAVE BEEN APPROVED AND THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SENT A LETTER TO THE KDHE IN SUPPORT OF LOWERING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SEPARATION DISTANCE FOR THIS UNIT TO HABITABLE STRUCTURES TO 3000 FEET INSTEAD OF THE 4000.  THE KDHE APPROVED THAT.  THE PERMIT FOR THE UNIT HAS NOT YET BEEN APPROVED.  NEARLY 100 PEOPLE WERE IN ATTENDANCE LAST NIGHT AT THE ALMENA COMMUNITY BUILDING.  THEY WERE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE PRESENTATIONS OR JUST PRESENT WRITTEN ARGUMENTS.  MOST THAT PRESENTED LAST NIGHT WERE ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT TO DENY THE PERMIT.  DAVID STUTT WAS THE HEARING OFFICER APPOINTED BY THE SECRETARY.  AT THE END OF THE HEARING WAS THE CLOSE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THIS PERMIT APPLICATION.  THE KDHE HAS REVIEWED THE PERMIT AND ARE GATHERING INFORMATION ON WHETHER THE PERMIT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIFICATIONS SET BY THE STATE.  THEY STUDY THE WATER IN THE AREA, THE DISCHARGE PLANNING FOR THE UNITS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS.  THIS UNIT WILL BE FOR 9300 HEAD OF SWINE, WITH SLOTTED FLOORS AND THE RECYCLED WASTE WILL BE DRAINED INTO A TWO STAGE LAGOON SYSTEM, THAT WAS REQUIRED BY THE KDHE.  NOW THE DEPARTMENT WILL TRANSCRIBE THE HEARING FROM LAST NIGHT AND INVESTIGATE THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE PERMIT.  THE SECRETARY WILL THEN MAKE THE FINAL DECISION AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE DECISION.