Tama County rejects proposed hog confinement

TOLEDO – Tama County supervisors have unanimously rejected a planned 4,400-head hog confinement backed by the president of the Iowa Board of Regents.

Supervisors made the decision Monday after determining the operation did not have enough points on a state scoring system for a construction permit.

The confinement, which would be located in Tama County, would be built by Alden-based Summit Farms. It would be owned by businessman Bruce Rastetter, who runs the regents board.

Summit Farms disputed the total points and expressed an intention to pursue the project. A group in opposition of the confinement says the plan was deficient in areas like landscaping and manure management.

Supervisors acknowledge, though, that the final decision lies with the state Department of Natural Resources.