An issue of growing concern in the Mountville community of Laurens County – how poultry plants can co-exist with a residential community – is a statewide issue, State Sen. Danny Verdin said Friday.
Verdin chairs the SC Senate Agriculture Committee; and he told the Red Carpet Legislative Breakfast that, in addition to veterinary practices in shelters, poultry production will continue to be an issue before lawmakers concerned about agriculture and animals.
“Agri-business and forestry are the largest businesses in South Carolina,” Verdin said. “In the animal feeding area, that means poultry. As we move forward, with the high density of poultry producers, we have to balance quality of life and this industry’s ability to grow.”
It has been an issue for two years in Mountville, a community southwest of Clinton. A citizens group there has taken before an administrative law judge, four of the five new poultry production facilities permitted in Mountville by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Poultry producers say they are meeting all state regulations. Opponents say those rules are so lax they do little