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Permit to operate renewal being sought by “PGC Chesterfield Hogs" for a 5,000 hog factory farm in Fulton County:

PGC Chesterfield Hogs is an existing swine facility at 16300 County Road N, Wauseon, Ohio. The facility is located in Fulton County, Chesterfield Township, in the Tiffin River Watershed. The facility is owned and operated by Pettisville Grain Company of Pettisville, Ohio. The facility has two separate barns capable of housing 2,500 each, for a total design capacity... of 5,000 head of swine.

Each barn is constructed with an eight foot concrete pit under the housing barns that are capable of storing approximately 876,000 gallons of liquid manure each, providing over 365 days of storage. A mortality composting structure is also located at the site that is capable of storing approximately 90 tons of mortality compost, providing over 1,000 days of storage.

Copies of the draft permit can be reviewed and/or copies made at the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting (DLEP) office at: A.B. Graham Building, 8995 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, (614) 387-0470. Any person may submit written comments and/or request a public meeting on the draft permit. A request for a public meeting must be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues to be raised at the public meeting.

Comments and/or public meeting requests must be received by the DLEP office no later than 5 p.m. May 24, 2018. Comments can either be mailed to the address above or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov . Comments received after this date will not be considered. A public meeting will be held when required by OAC 901:10-6-04(C) and may be held where authorized by OAC 901:10-6-01(D). Persons have a right to provide a written or oral statement for the record at the public meeting, if a meeting is scheduled.

The Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting maintains an “interested parties” list for each Ohio county as well as a statewide list for notification of all draft permits. If you would like to be added to either or both of these lists, please send a request to lepp@agri.ohio.gov or call 614-387-0470.

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