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YMCA Camp Tecumseh suing to block huge hog farm

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DELPHI, Ind. (AP) Leaders of a northern Indiana youth camp are going to court in their effort to stop a nearby farmer from being allowed to start raising some 9,200 hogs.

The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.

The lawsuit was filed a court in Carroll County, where the camp is located about 20 miles north of Lafayette, the Journal & Courier reported.

Camp officials maintain in the lawsuit that the hog facility should have to be further away from the camp, which it describes as similar to a small town, educational facility or church.

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.

Joe Bumbleburg, the attorney for farm owner John Erickson, declined comment to The Associated Press about the lawsuit Tuesday.

No court hearings have yet been requested or scheduled in the case. Camp Tecumseh's filings state that additional documents will be submitted by Aug. 30.

Camp Tecumseh, which is along the Tippecanoe River, hosts a variety of activities, including camps for children who've suffered burns and those with asthma or kidney troubles. Camp CEO Scott Brosman has said he worried about the impact of so many hogs on the camp that hosts some 35,000 people a year.

 

Posted 8/20/2013