hog farm proposal
The following is a statement from the Platte
County Commission regarding the Confined Animal Feeding
Operation recently proposed by Oberdiek Farms nearly Farley.
The Platte County Commission has received notification
from Oberdiek Farms of their intent to expand an existing
Class II Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) to a
Class IC CAFO.
Platte County has in place a health ordinance regulating
certain CAFO's which was adopted in December, 2000, following
a detailed study by a Task Force of citizens who recommended
adoption of the health ordinance. Missouri law does not
allow counties to regulate CAFO's in the planning and
zoning process because they are considered agricultural
In response to the Oberdiek notification, the county
commission sought a legal opinion from counsel, specifically
counsel who drafted the health ordinance, as to whether
or not an existing Class II CAFO expanding to a Class
IC CAFO was required to obtain a county health permit
under the terms of the ordinance. It is the opinion of
legal counsel that such an expansion does not require
a county health permit.
Citizens with concerns must contact the Missouri Department
of Natural Resources to voice their concerns regarding
this proposal. The MDNR can be reached at (573) 634-2436.