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Slaughterhouse proposed near Mt. Jackson

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Shenandoah County planning officials are considering a proposal to open a new poultry slaughterhouse near Mt. Jackson.

Edwin and Dana Wilson applied last month for a special use permit to operate a 600-square foot slaughterhouse at 4154 Conicville Road, according to documents provided by Shenandoah County.

The site, zoned for agricultural use, lies at the intersection of Conicville Road and Pleasant View Road less than a mile south of Hamburg Road.

The Shenandoah County Planning Commission are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the permit request at its June 7 meeting.

The facility will be equipped with a kill room, cooler box, poultry processing center and counter sales. The developers plan to post a sign outside the slaughterhouse and allow customers to enter the facility to buy packaged poultry product. The facility also will include an office with a restroom for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector.

The property owners must go through many more steps even if the county grants the permit. The owners face strict requirements under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The owners must dispose of the wastewater generated by facility. A state agency official noted in comments submitted to the county Thursday the owners have three options. The first option, which does not require a DEQ permit, calls for the plant to send collect and send the wastewater to a treatment facility. The owners would need to submit a description of the slaughterhouse operation, including the amount of wastewater likely generated, its storage and the name of the facility which would receive the wastewater.

Owners could apply the wastewater to agricultural fields. The option may or may not require a DEQ permit but the official stated the owners would need to submit information to the agency.

In addition to a description of the slaughterhouse operation and amount of wastewater generated, the owners would need to provide information on what makes up the wastewater, including the chemicals used in the slaughtering of the animals or cleaning of the equipment.

The owners would need to describe how the facility would handle the blood and offal of the slaughtered animals. They also would need to provide information about the equipment used to apply the wastewater to agricultural land, a map showing the location and number of acres available for the application, buffers maintained around the site, rate in inches per day the facility would apply the wastewater and a record sheet used to track the process. The DEQ also would seek a statement from the owners the facility would not apply wastewater to frozen or bare ground.

The owners could install a septic tank and drainfield system which would fall under the EPA's Underground Injection Control and require approval by the federal agency. The facility also could discharge the wastewater if treated but the plant would first need a state permit, a local government ordinance form and a payment of $10,200 to cover an issuance fee, according to the DEQ official.

Such a facility also would require the owners construct an entrance to the plant.

The Virginia Department of Transportation noted in comments submitted to the county regarding the proposal that the owner would need to install standard commercial entrance improvements to the front of the property.

The site currently does not have a VDOT-standard entrance along Va. 710 or parking for customers and deliveries, according to the agency. The entrance and part of the fence would have to be moved to the south of the proposed building to achieve sight distance, according to VDOT.


I have seen how animals are treated on this property not to mention the appearance of the property. To imagine this as an official slaughterhouse is scary....very scary.

Albert Schweitzer said,

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."

We don't need another bloody slaughterhouse! The pain and suffering inflicted on all animals should not be accepted by a civilized society. If slaughterhouses had glass walls, [most] everyone would be vegetarians." (Paul McCartney).

'I don't ever try to make a serious social comment.' - Paul McCartney

Reference: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/paul_mccartney.html#qEc6G8vbm8H3Ko0W.99

My original post was deleted.Will try this again. Do your own research on these folks on the GD (Shenandoah Co.) courts records and decide for yourself there is troubling convictions there for someone who wants to run their own slaughterhouse.

I think the NVD should have taken a picture of the property to go along with this article, would have served the community well to really get an idea of what is being proposed.

I still can't figure out why my first post was deleted. I remembered these names from a previous story. Was it because I gave this man's middle name? I only did that to verify we are looking at the right guy. For a refresher of these folks punch in first name-last name-shenandoah co. under Yahoo and scroll to find the old nvd article. Then using the middle name/initial shown in the article go to GD courts. Shenandoah co. of course. I emailed asking why and have not heard anything. I also emailed the advertising dept. this morning about a possible ad for my company and have gotten three replies, imagine that. Not that I don't prefer capatalism.

Linda Ash replied. My comment was yanked because someone at the daily was under the notion that the article I was referring to was never written by the daily. I sent them the article from 2010 I was reffering to and Linda acknowledged it and said she was forwarding to the reporter on this story. I fully understand things happen and was satisfied with the response.

What am I missing here? I imagined a room, 25 feet by 24 feet in size, about twice the size of your living room (unless you are a Warren County Good Old Boy lawyer, then that's the size of your three hole out-house). That 25 x 24 dimension, according to my electronic calculator, makes 600 square feet, the size of the slaughterhouse described in the article. I imagined an office 10 feet by 8 feet (80 square feet) and an adjoining bathroom 5 feet by 6 feet (30 square feet) inside that slaughterhouse, leaving 490 square feet to kill, clean, and process chickens. Wait, I forgot a walk-in refrigerator, maybe 10 feet by 10 feet in size (100 square feet), now that leaves 390 square feet for the slaughterhouse, minus space for a customer sales counter, cash register, and a desk for the boss to sit at, counting his money and telling employees (?? plural ??) what to do..... wow, ain't much space left for killing chickens if you put a couple of chicken killers in there killing chickens.

When all is said and done, how many chickens can be processed inside a phone booth? Remember them? Clark Kent removed his eyeglasses and changed his costume inside one of those. It was a magical transformation. One second a mild mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, and the next second able to leap tall buildings at a single bound...... but, I digress..... sorry.... they'll never take me alive.


To howboutthehotel ..... Maybe now the reporter on this story will find the "real" story here and help make sure this proposed slaughter house never takes shape.

Councilman Rich had some personal issues and a domestic charge and we hear about that 10 years later over and over. Then a guy wanting a slaughter house with mutiple animal charges in the last few years and they do not even know they ever wrote about him? Memo to NVD... I will cancel my $80.00 a year subscription if you ever preface a story about Rich again by bringing up his past when you have reporters that can't report on others past when it is actually pertinent.

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