PA Town Passes CAFO Ordinance

Lehigh Township Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday regulating the location and configuration of concentrated animal feeding operations, or feedlots, that densely house livestock awaiting slaughter.

The new ordinance relegates the feedlots, or CAFOs, to the industrial zone and defines the distances certain operation must remain from neighboring properties. The ordinance attempts to regulate the development of CAFOs locally without overstepping the township's bounds and treading in territory governed by the state.

Supervisor Chairman Darryl Snover said state officials have told township officials they "can't do this," meaning adopt the ordinance.

"I'm not going to say it's not lawful -- it can be challenged," township Solicitor David Backenstoe said...

Read more at the Lehigh, PA Morning Call.

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