New Egg Farm Plan Nixed

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Hi-Q Egg Products has dropped plans to build a 6-million-chicken egg farm in Union County, an attorney for the company said yesterday.

The news followed a decision announced yesterday by Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James J. Zehringer to deny the Iowa-based company a permit to build and run the farm near West Mansfield.

Though environmental advocates and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials feared manure from the farm would pollute a nearby stream, the farm’s permit application fell apart after county officials refused to inform the state that they had seen the company’s transportation plans.

State law requires a final, official response from local government officials before an application can be approved.

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