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Public Hearing Held For Hickman's Air Quality Permits In Tonopah

Casey Kuhn/KJZZ
A street view of Hickmans Egg Farm in Tonopah.

Hickman’s Family Farms is in the process of getting air quality permits for back-up generators at their Tonopah egg farm, and a public hearing on the permits could see opposition.

The permit would allow Hickman’s to install emergency generators and a boiler at their confined animal feeding operation a few miles west of Buckeye.

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department elected to have the hearing after a previous one in Arlington brought dozens of locals who voiced their opposition to the egg farms, complaining of foul smells and health problems.

County officials said they received a couple hundred comments and questions from the last hearing.

The hearing is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruth Fisher Elementary school in Tonopah.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.