Poultry operation eyes Aiken County

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 3:15 PM
Last updated 8:43 PM
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A new poultry farm could be coming to Aiken County.

Buffie’s Poultry Farm is planned for a site 35 miles east of downtown Aiken, provided it receives a state agricultural permit. The farm site in Salley also sits 35 miles north of downtown Barnwell.

There are already 224 poultry farms in Aiken County, according to the 2012 agriculture census. It is a 57 percent jump in poultry farms since 2007. Aiken is among the top five counties producing broilers, young chickens raised for meat, according to the S.C. Poultry Federation. Overall, South Carolina ranks 17th in the nation for egg production.

Despite such growth, poultry farms also raise local objections.

In March 2013 a businessman proposing an eight-barn poultry farm 60 miles north of downtown Aiken, prevailed against a community challenge. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control board sided with P&W Poultry in Newberry County and upheld its permit. The board did so after listening to residents express fears of dust, pollution, clouds of dander, manure odors, truck traffic and water contamination.

Aiken County is not alone in its plans to add more chickens to its landscape.

New poultry farms are also proposed for Oconee and Newberry counties, while the owners of the existing Chicken Shak, LLC, are asking state regulators for permission to expand its operation in Clarendon County.

The public may comment on the Aiken County proposal, which also includes plans for managing manure, for the next 30 days, starting Aug. 12. If DHEC receives at least 20 written comments, state regulators will hold a public hearing on the proposed farm.

BE HEARD:

For information about the 30-day comment period, contact DHEC at (803) 898-3532. The address of the proposed poultry plant is 4056 Hollow Creek Rd. in Salley.

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grinder48
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grinder48 08/11/14 - 04:09 pm
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Well dust, pollution, clouds of dander, manure odors, truck traffic and water contamination are real problems. I guess next they'll want to pull 35 billion gallons a minute from the Edisto. Oh no, not really, they'll just pull it from the aquifer so it really won't have any impact ...

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jimmymac 08/11/14 - 04:38 pm
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SC can use the jobs that are created by poultry farms. Make sure the county health department does it's job and polices the operation.

faithson
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faithson 08/11/14 - 05:08 pm
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regulation.. NOT

heard this was coming... GA has improved its regulatory structure and since SC has almost NONE, here we go... Of course we will need to allow for all those 'workers' that will do the jobs needed, and they are NOT coming from the side of town where standing on the street corner is preferred to a full time job. Good ole south of the border kind.... Sure we should allow businesses to set up, but if you lived within 5 miles of one of these mega farms, you too would be asking some serious questions. But hey, we live in the city...

faithson
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faithson 08/11/14 - 05:11 pm
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regulation.. NOT sorry for the double

heard this was coming... GA has improved its regulatory structure and since SC has almost NONE, here we go... Of course we will need to allow for all those 'workers' that will do the jobs needed, and they are NOT coming from the side of town where standing on the street corner is preferred to a full time job. Good ole south of the border kind.... Sure we should allow businesses to set up, but if you lived within 5 miles of one of these mega farms, you too would be asking some serious questions. But hey, we live in the city...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/11/14 - 08:11 pm
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^^^^ Hmmmm....

sounds like a great deal of "code" words in those posts...

AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/12/14 - 11:07 am
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Make Aiken Proud

Now Aiken really has something to crow about!

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