It could be the beginning of the end for Buckeye Egg Farm's massive operations in Ohio. The state environmental protection agency plans to announce today that it is revoking Buckeye Egg's state permits. That's according to a story in Monday's editions of the Columbus Dispatch. Such action by the E-P-A would set in motion a process that could eliminate one of the nation's largest egg producers.
The Dispatch quotes unidentified sources as saying that
E-P-A director Christopher Jones decided to take the extraordinary step late last week after inspectors documented new fly outbreaks at schools near Buckeye Egg's Marseilles complex in Wyandot county. The newspaper was unable to reach company officials for comment. However, last week Chief Operating Officer Bill Glass said the company was trying to control the fly problem with new manure-handling equipment and procedures. The company can appeal Jones' decision.