If you have followed my blog from its inception this past January, then you all know my intense dislike of these entities. They are simply large buildings which contain thousands of animals crammed into the spaces. The animals do not see the light of day – unless you count the windows (if there are any). The animals are fed hormones and antibiotics in addition to their daily ration of feed.
Well, get ready, another one is coming to Allen County. That makes a total of three to date if I have kept accurate account. Three may not sound like a lot of CAFOs, but Mr. Schuhler is increasing his “pig purgatory” from 900 pigs to close to 10,000 hogs. Each hog as it nears finishing weight is capable of producing close to 15 pounds of manure a day. Do the math – that is 15 x 9200 – not counting the 500 nursery pigs – or 138,000 pounds of manure a day – 50,370,00 pounds a year. Fifty million plus pounds of manure a year. Think about it, and,
IT HAS TO GO SOMEWHERE, FOLKS.
The Google image following the public notice shows that the facility is located in southern Allen County southeast of the airport. What should be of major concern to the citizens of Allen County is its location near Snyder Ditch.
Liquid manure is stored beneath these giant confinement cages and is then hauled out to fields to be distributed onto the fields by a flying spray from a quaintly named vehicle – a honey wagon. The proximity of some of the fields next to the ditch means that runoff will occur into the waters of the ditch and, ultimately, into one of our larger river resources – the St. Marys River as it flows through southeastern Allen County. The St. Marys already has a higher than acceptable level of e. coli, and adding more to the river will further increase that level.
I would urge any concerned citizens to start contacting IDEM to express your concerns about the CAFO.
What irritates me in addition to CAFOs themselves is the idea that in order to view this document one has to make an “appointment” at IDEM in Indianapolis to see the plan proposed by Mr. Schuhler. I will be contacting IDEM to see if the document will be available here at an Allen County office for viewing. I will also be calling on the zoning board and the plan commission to see if they have a role in this environmental hazard.
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Eligibility for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System General Permit
Name and Address of Applicant:
Robert Schuhler, Owner Farm ID# 4942
732 East – Hamilton Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819
Location of Facility Applying for Permit:
Near the Junction of Hamilton Road and Conners Road, at approximately 732 East – Hamilton Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819, in Section 25, Township 29 North, Range 12 East, in Allen County.
Background and Applicable Regulations
The above-named applicant operates an existing/IDEM approved confined feeding operation with two (2) buildings housing 500 nursery-pigs and 400 wean-to-finish hogs.
The above-named applicant proposes to construct two (2) 4,400 head capacity wean-to-finish swine confinement buildings. All buildings will possess a self contained concrete pit beneath slatted floors for the storage of liquid manure. The total capacity of this swine confinement operation will be 500 nursery-pigs and 9,200 finishing hogs. The applicant has submitted an application and a Notice of Intent (NOI) for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) general permit to comply with IC 13-18-10 and 327 IAC 15-15.
Public Review and Comment
This application is available for review in the Office of Land Quality, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday through Friday, excluding official holidays, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. Please contact the Public File Room Clerk at to schedule an appointment. An IDEM staff person is available to discuss the contents of the application with any interested party, either by telephone at , , extension 4-1623, or a visit to the office.
Written statements regarding the eligibility of the facility to operate under the general NPDES CAFO rule (327 IAC 15-15) may be submitted to IDEM.
Comments should be addressed to IDEM (address below):
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF
Thomas F. Park, Jr.,Ph.D.
Solid Waste Permits Section
Office of Land Quality
100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The following image from Google shows the location of the proposed CAFO.
If you would like to take a Sunday drive, by all means, drive out to view the site of the newest Allen County pig purgatory. And, as you do so, you can thank Daniels and Skillman for this newest blight on our environment. They were the proponents of the “Possibilities Unbound” which established a goal of doubling pork production within the next several years. Looks like Allen County is a part of their plan, and, if we don’t want these operations in our backyard, then we better start doing something. If Daniels and Skillman have their way, these are a wave of the future and a disastrous wave at that.