Owner Larry O'Hern had one year to complete the permitting process for Shamrock Acres. He did not meet the deadline.
The facilty would have housed up to 18,000 hog at a time. It would have been built in southeastern McDonough County.
Warren Goetsch is the bureau chief of environmental programs for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
He says, “We had issued an additional information request, I believe it was around the 7th of November, and did not receive a response.”
Plans for a large-scale hog farm in southeast McDonough County are still up in the air.
Shamrock Acres LLC applied for a permit from the Illinois Department of Agriculture nearly 10 months ago.
Last fall's deadline for the department to decide on the permit came and went. The department decided it needed more information from the owner, Larry O'Hern