Water permit for Big Cove Tannery swine facility up for comment

by Kate Shunney

A Water Quality Management Permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a proposed three-barn swine facility in Big Cove Tannery is up for public comment now through November 4.

A public hearing about the permit will be held tonight, Wednesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the McConnellsburg Firehall.

The state DEP will accept written comments until 4 p.m. on November 4. Those should be sent to Scott Arwood, P.E., Clean Water Permitting Chief, DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 17110.

According to a public notice published in The Fulton County News, the permit would be for construction of Bivouac Sow Farms in Ayr Township at 16197 Great Cove Road. The project is being proposed by CFC Fulton Properties, and would include three barns with underneath storages for a 2,978 Animal Equivalent Unit sow/nursery swine operation.

The permit application is available for review at the Fulton County Library at 227 N. First Street, McConnellsburg.