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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Environment - "Camp Tecumseh asks court to stop hog operation: Lawsuit contends CAFO will interfere with camp's mission"
Updating a long list of earlier ILB entries on Camp Tecumseh, the one from July 1st headed "White County commissioners OK request for large hog farm near Camp Tecumseh", Chris Morisse Vizza reports today in the Lafayette Journal Courier:
Camp Tecumseh is not waiting to see what happens when a confined animal feeding operation capable of holding 9,240 hogs is built about one-half mile away.
The camp board has gone to court, seeking a review and suspension of the rezoning approval that cleared the way for the facility to be built. * * *
Among other things, the lawsuit asserts the 600-acre YMCA camp is similar to a small town, educational facility or church center, and based on that, the commissioners should have required larger setbacks or property buffers between the CAFO and the camp.
The suit also contends the commissioners’ rezoning decision ... “threatens to substantially burden Camp Tecumseh’s religious exercise” ... during regular services at its outdoor chapels six days a week through the summer months and Sunday services throughout the year, weather permitting.
The legal action was filed in Carroll County where Camp Tecumseh is located, not in White County where the Erickson family plans to build the hog operation. The county line lies just east of Springboro Road, and the Y-camp is just east of the dividing line.
Legal counsel for the camp did not respond to phone calls from the Journal & Courier on Monday.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 20, 2013 08:50 AM
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