State seeks burial site for burned pigs
Last Thursday, 525 pigs were
killed in hog confinement fire in Des Moines, Iowa. State environmental
officials are helping the Dubuque farmer to bury the 6-week old
According to the New Vienna Fire
Chief, Henry Westoff, the building on the Gary Wedewer farm, west of Dubuque, is
suspected to have caught fire from an electrical or furnace problem.
Doug Hawker, an environmental
specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said, â€œOf course there
are a lot of immediate issues that have to be dealt with after a catastrophe
like this, but it's vitally important that producers check with us on disposing
of the animals to prevent groundwater and other sorts of contamination.â€
His agency sent two people to the
site on Friday to determine if proposed burial sites are located in areas with
high water tables, as is indicated by a preliminary check of soils maps.
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