Southwest Missouri Citizens Against Local MOARK Expansion vs. MOARK (Day 2)
On Thursday, September 28, 2006, and Friday, September 29, 2006 the case of Southwest Missouri Citizens Against Local MOARK Expansion vs. MOARK was heard by Judge June Doughty of the State Administrative Hearing Commission, in Springfield, MO. The scene was described this way,
"In what would seem like insurmountable odds, six Neosho residents without legal counsel took on the attorneys of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and MoArk, LLC at a hearing held September 28 and 29 in the U.S. District Courthouse in Springfield with the case yet to be concluded. What the residents, most living within a few miles of the egg-laying facility known as MoArk 7, were attempting to do was to stand up against the MDNR's granting of permit MO-0122840 for the operation and eventual expansion of the MoArk controlled animal feeding operation. The1-A CAFO would sanction as many as 3.6 million chickens in an area currently holding a bit more than a third and the eventuality of producing 135,000 tons of litter annually" by the Joplin Independent, Monday, October 2, 2006.
The participants at the trial, included:
Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
Harry Bozoian, Asst. Attorney General
Camille Dobler, DNR Air Inspector
Leanne Mosby, MDNR Deputy Division Director
Southwest Missouri Citizens Against Local MOARK Expansion (SWMCALME)
Lee Van Otterloo
Robert Brundage, Attorney for MOARK
At the close of Friday's hearing not all of the petitioners and their witnesses had testified, so Judge Doughty continued the hearing to October 12-13, 2006 at a location in Springfield, yet to be named, The Joplin Globe reported Friday, September 29, 2006 and Saturday, September 30, 2006.