Tipton East has received its state permit to operate as a concentrated animal feeding operation in rural Cooper County.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued a Class IC State No-Discharge operating permit to PVC Management II LLC's Tipton East facility, located on Renshaw Drive near Clarksburg. Department staff reviewed the application for completeness and compliance with the Missouri Clean Water Law and the Missouri Clean Water Commission regulations.
According to the application, the operation would consist of a gestation building housing 4,704 sows, a farrowing building housing 1,080 sows, and a gilt-development unit for 1,620 females weighing more than 55 pounds, and 324 nursery pigs.
The CAFO would be created and operated by Minnesota company Pipestone System, the third-largest hog producer in the United States. It manages the farrowing operation and facilities of more than 70 sow farms owned by about 450 individual farmers, most of which are housed in Minnesota and Iowa. Pipestone System representatives have said five of these companies intend to invest in Tipton East, one owning the land and the others receiving annual portions of an expected 160,000 weaned piglets, estimated at a value of $6.4 million.
Industry groups like the Missouri Pork Association embraced the CAFO to increase state agricultural production. Some area farmers also embraced the project as a source of manure fertilizer, among other reasons.
Other rural residents, such as members of Opponents of Cooper County CAFOs, LLC. stood against Tipton East, citing fears of water contamination, local health risks, decreasing residential property values and other factors.
DNR said any parties adversely affected or aggrieved by the department's decision can appeal to the Administrative Hearing Commission by filing a written petition by July 19.
OCCC leader Fred Williams said he intends to file an appeal and continue fighting against the project for as long as possible.
The final operating permit and additional information is available at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/cafo/ or by contacting Gorden Wray at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. Wray can also be contacted by telephone at 573-522-9920 or 800-361-4827 and by email at email@example.com.