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Oberdieks await
decision from DNR
on hog expansion

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

The proposed Oberdiek hog operation expansion in Platte County is still awaiting final approval from Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

According to Gary Oberdiek, the engineers notified him before Thanksgiving of their plans to visit the high rise facility in Ohio before making their decision.

Gary, along with his brother Warren of Farley, want to expand their current hog expansion to include two hog-finishing facilities. The plans are based on a facility in use in Ohio. The buildings would be two levels and have the ability to house 1,100 hogs each and will be a dry handling manure system.

The engineers will be visiting the Ohio site to study how the facility works and if its operates the way it is said to be operating.

Oberdiek stated he is unsure when the final decision will be determined. According to Randy Clarkson, engineer section chief with the DNR's Water Pollution Control Program, the decision could take several months.