Tougher environmental rules for large hog farm operations passed by an overwhelming majority in the Missouri legislature. Adam Levine reports from Jefferson City.
After consideration from both sides of the conflict, both the Senate and the House approved a committee conference report which establishes buffer zones between farms and neighboring properties. Additionally, farms or factories have to notify communities when they decide to build new plants. The Natural Resources Department will oversee construction, permits, operation, management and subsequent environmental testing for larger facilities. North West Missouri Democrat Phil Tate is the bill's sponsor in the House.
Tate says that even though people in the agricultural business want to make a profit, they must be aware and sensitive to environmental concerns.
After the Governor reviews the bill it is expected he will sign it in a few weeks. From the state capitol, I'm Adam Levine.