Media Alert: York County Supervisors to Vote on Health Ordinance


Milestone decision favoring health permits would protect residents from health and environmental risks associated with large-scale industrial animal operations in Codorus Township

WHAT: Codorus Township Supervisors meeting A vote to adopt a countywide health ordinance to protect public health and secure safe economic development in Codorus Township, York County

WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2015 | 7:30 pm

WHERE: Codorus Township Building, 4631 Shaffers Church Rd., Glennville, PA 17329

Public health as a first priority. Currently, 1.3 million laying hens populate poultry CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) in York County’s Codorus Township, creating environmental pollution that threatens human health, air quality and vital drinking water resources. The proposed addition of 1.7 million birds to these operations by Hillandale Farms would turn an unfit health and safety situation into a full-blown crisis for Codorus and the County, in general.

If approved, the proposed health ordinance would add a layer of necessary protection that residents deserve, including:

  • spacing distances for animal operations with fines for violators;
  • exhaust fan filters for better air quality;
  • and facility inspection funded by operator fees held in escrow.

The proposed health ordinance is backed by local community group Friends of York County Family Farms with the support of Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, a group working in farming communities across the nation impacted by factory farms.

For more information, please contact:

Brian Kaltreider
Friends of York County Family Farms

Maria Payan
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project