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Commissioners to consider confined feeding proposal moratorium

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A proposed moratorium prohibiting Bartholomew County from considering any new confined feeding operations for 18 months will be considered by the county commissioners Aug. 25.

Bartholomew County Plan Commission members voted 5-3 on Wednesday recommending the commissioners approve the moratorium.

Commission members Kris Medic, Zack Ellison, Phyllis Apple, Rick Flohr and Lisa Moore voted for the moratorium. Jason Newton, Tom Finke and Jorge Morales voted against it.

The moratorium would apply to proposed confined feeding operations that need to have a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

In Indiana, an animal feeding operation with 300 or more cattle, 600 or more swine or sheep, 30,000 or more poultry or 500 horses in confinement requires IDEM approval.

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