Officials Approve Expansion Of Seaboard Foods' Hog Feeding Operation Despite Concerns

Mar 12, 2014

State regulators have approved a massive expansion at Seaboard Foods' hog feeding operation in western Kansas.

The state is permitting up to 396,000 animals at the Greely County facility.

This is despite concerns from the Sierra Club and others about whether the depleted Ogallala Aquifer underlying the facility has enough water to treat the waste from that many hogs.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment signed off on a wastewater permit for the facility on February 26th.

Its approval was not made public until yesterday when the Sierra Club criticized approval of a 50 percent expansion at Seaboard's Ladder Creek facility.

KDHE says the permit was issued in accordance with state and federal regulations.