MOUNT JUDEA, Ark. (AP) - Drilling is to begin this week at a hog farm near Mount Judea to test the soil beneath manure ponds.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says drilling at C&H Hog Farms will begin Wednesday and is expected to last three or four days.
The department says about 120 feet will be drilled with soil samples collected every five feet and any groundwater found will also be collected for testing for possible contamination.
The farm is about 7 miles from the Buffalo National River. Nearby residents and environmental groups have criticized it over fears of pollution from hog waste.
The research was requested by opponents of the farm after they learned of research in 2015 showing what they say was an unexpectedly high amount of moisture beneath one of the ponds.
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