Update on Judge Patricia Joyce Ruling
According to Columbia Daily Tribune, Attorney General Chris Koster says the administration of Gov. Jay Nixon prefers to drop the appeal of a judge’s decision prohibiting the location of concentrated animal feeding operations near state parks and historic sites.
Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled last year that a 4,800-head hog farm could not be located within two miles of the historic village of Arrow Rock. The ruling came in response to a suit filed by the Missouri Parks Association against the Department of Natural Resources, which had issued a permit for the operation. Although the permit expired and the large hog farm was not built, the administration of Gov. Matt Blunt appealed the decision to an appeals court in Kansas City. Environmental groups have asked the Nixon administration to drop it.
In our view: Residents, judge perform DNR’s duty The Joplin Globe 08/26/2008
DNR says judicial ruling stops CAFO construction in Missouri w/ Cole County Circuit Court ruling The Joplin Globe, 08/26/2008
Challenge expected soon to Missouri CAFO ruling The Joplin Globe, 09/23/2008