Right now: Mountville residents face another public hearing
Mountville fire department will be the site in about 10 minutes for another public hearing about chicken farms. Residents are concerned their tiny community south west of Clinton is being over run with these giant operations - producing traffic and smells. The DHEC hearing will not consider traffic or zoning - which does not exist in Laurens County. The chicken farms are protected by the state's Right To Farm law. Residents opposed will fill out forms listing their objections and health problems, made worse they say by a heavy concentration of these businesses in this rural area off Hwy 72. The broiler operations that will be permitted are for Heath Goggins and Jim Young. The hearing lasted until 9:15 pm. The broiler farms applicants attended the hearing. At one point, DHEC staff stepped in so the meeting would not become confrontational. Residents asked DHEC staff to stop all broiler farm applications for a year, so an EPA environmental assessment can be conducted at Mountville. They said they would ask officials in Columbia, and get back with the residents. Three other new broiler farms had public hearings conducted last month, but have not yet been permitted.