LOUISVILLE — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved the construction of the Bible 4 hog facility in Louisville, according to Jeff Squibb, a spokesman for the department.

Bible Pork Inc. owner Matt Bible should receive notification of the department’s decision soon; the letter should be in the mail today, Squibb said.

The department recently requested more information before making a final decision. That information included the maintenance agreement between Clay County and Bible Pork Inc., stating any damage done to Bob White Road by trucks hauling hogs will be paid for by the Bibles, and application maps showing manure will not be applied closer than half a mile from Louisville village limits, Squibb said.

The facility, which will be the fourth hog facility run by Bible and his family in Clay County, will be located 1.8 miles west of Louisville near the Louisville-Kinmundy blacktop.

The Bible 4 facility can house a maximum of 2,921.7 animal units, meaning 6,550 hogs weighing more than 55 pounds each and 10,056 hogs weighing less than 55 pounds each.

The location of Bible 4 has been an ongoing dispute among the Bible family and many residents of Louisville that contend the hog farm will be too close to the village.

Some Louisville residents feel the facility will present health, odor, infrastructure, loss of property value and quality of life issues in the village.

Village residents and their supporters spoke out at a public hearing July 11 regarding their concerns about Bible 4. The hearing was sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

They also spoke out at various board meetings and held discussions in their neighborhoods. The Clay County Board in July sent a resolution to the department stating it felt Bible 4 would meet five criteria but wouldn’t meet three criteria under the Livestock Management Facilities Act.

The North Clay Unit 25 Board of Education and the Louisville Township Board passed resolutions in July opposing the location of Bible 4.

Alta Mayhugh can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 131 or amayhugh@effinghamdailynews.com.

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