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Woman starts online petition opposing 5,600-pig facility

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) – A northern Indiana woman has started an online petition opposing a proposal to rezone 40 acres in Porter County to allow for a confined feeding operation designed to raise 5,600 pigs.

The Times of Munster reports Rebecca Tomerlin has already collected 2,000 signatures opposing the plan. She fears the farm will lower real estate values and could harm roads and groundwater quality.

Robert Sands says the proposal will allow him to diversify and create a new opportunity for his 23-year-old son, Brandon. Robert and Tammy Sands have asked to change the zoning from general agriculture to a high impact use district. The Board of Commissioners will have final say on whether the zoning change will be approved.