Proposed chicken farm has too many concerns
FROM: SCOTT VIVIAN ZION
Thirty-six years ago, I moved to within a half mile of what is currently the Horst farm. At that time, the property was operated as a dairy farm. I purchased the property accepting the fact that there would be occasional odors associated with the spraying of manure on fields. But now the Horst family is seeking approval to operate a chicken farm on this property.
While I basically agree with the “right to farm” law, I do not agree that this law should allow a farm opera- tion the right to impact negatively the surrounding community of over 200 houses within one mile. The Maryland Department of the Environment admits that “the effects on air outside the chicken houses are unclear.” A Cecil County Health Department report states that the chicken farm “has been designed to minimize health impacts on neighboring communities,” implying there will be negative health effects for the local residents. A Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future letter raises “numerous inherent risks” associated with living in the vicinity of such an operation.
Are the Horsts, the Cecil County government and the Maryland Department of the Environment going to guarantee that the surrounding community will suffer no negative impacts on air, ground and water quality?
There are too many unknowns for this project to proceed.