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The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the state Health Department's decision to issue a permit for a 9,000-hog farm in Buffalo.

Many of the town's 200 residents had worried about potential pollution from the $15 million facility at Rolling Green Family Farms.

But the Health Department granted a permit, saying the farm would meet state standards. The state also added conditions to the permit to address concerns about odor, surface water and groundwater.

Opponents went to court last year and asked a judge to block the project and rescind the permit. But the judge refused and the state Supreme Court upheld that decision in an opinion filed earlier this week.

Minnesota-based Pipestone Holdings will operate the facility.


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