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Plant seeks to render more poultry


By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

A Shenandoah County rendering plant's request to process more offal poses little impact, officials say.

Mountain View Rendering Company LLC asked the county to amend its existing special-use permit to allow the facility at 173 Rocco Road, Edinburg, to take materials from a George's Chicken LLC plant in Harrisonburg.

"What we expect as far as impact is about three truck loads per day additional to what goes in there right now," county Zoning Subdivision Administrator Joyce Fadeley said last week.

The Shenandoah County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the request at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Mountain View operates its facility at the intersection of Rocco and Stoneburner roads, east of Columbia Furnace, on 6.6 acres of land owned by George's Chicken, which also runs its own plant at nearby 19992 Senedo Road. The property is zoned for general industrial use.

Fadeley explained the original permit issued in November 1986 forbid an "open-door policy" on the rendering of products from facilities other than those specifically identified without permission from the Board of Supervisors. The permit changes as proposed would limit Mountain View to rendering products from George's Chicken poultry processing facility at Columbia Furnace, a turkey plant in Dayton, Va., and the Harrisonburg facility. Mountain View has advised the planning department that it no longer accepts lamb from a processing facility in Timberville.

Mountain View would operate under capacity even with the addition of the Harrisonburg plant materials, according to Fadeley. Currently, the plant receives 20 loads of offal at the plant daily, according to planning documents. Loads would increase by three with a maximum of five to six per day, planning officials have said. The Virginia Department of Transportation has commented that the additional loads of offal to the plant would not put an extra burden on the facility entrance. But any additional loads could require upgrades to the plant entrance, according to VDOT.

The local health department does not have jurisdiction over this issue, according to planning documents, which note the agency did not comment on the request. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are the regulatory agencies overseeing the Mountain View facility.

Mountain View processed 149,000 tons of product, according to information provided by the planning department. Its state permit allows the facility to accept 214,000 tons of material, according to the information. The addition of the product from the Harrisonburg plant would increase processing by the Mountain View facility to 180,000 tons, or 84 percent of capacity.

Mountain View expects to add two employees to its existing staff to handle the additional loads.




8 Comments



I cant see how anyone would want that stinking $h!+ anywhere close to their neighborhood! I have a good idea what it is, but please someone define the word offal

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offal

Definition of OFFAL
1
: the waste or by-product of a process: as a : trimmings of a hide b : the by-products of milling used especially for stock feeds c : the viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal removed in dressing

It stinks so bad back there, I don't see how anyone can stand even working there. :(

But on the other hand, the "offal" has to go somewhere, so where? Two new jobs around here is better than NO new jobs.

Poses little impact to what? The Stoney Creek is lacking any real ecosystem below the outfall of the Georges Chicken Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is the same Wastewater treatment that Mountain View is tied into. Everyone should just go down to the outfall and see the discharge that takes place here. I have worked in the wastewater industry for 30 years and the discharge is equal to a normal municipal wastewater plants incoming sewer.

Big business will always get their way. First the rendering plant was only going to serve Rocco Farm Foods (now Georges) and they continue to expand a little at at time while our streams suffer.

I remember when the stream at Lantz's Mill had numerous fish species, plant life and the rocks were all natural colored and beautiful. Now it is a slime growing on the rocks and hardly any snails either not to mention the lack of fish and plant life.

Wake up people before we lose anymore of our streams.

Plant seeks to SLAUGHTER more chickens. Why don't they use the correct words? It's like "harvesting" beef. You don't harvest living creatures, you KILL them! It's a cruel inhumane business for profit which destroys our planet.

I stopped eating this stuff and feel better for it. There is a direct relationship to modern man's diseases and meat eating. Plant protein is much safer and healthier. Even if you don't have concern's about your health or the ethics of this dirty business, the lack of life-sustaining water will be noticed.
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"Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9 Billion by 2050".
- John Vidal, environmental editor of the guardian, August 26, 2012.

"This article states: Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages".

Go to guardian.co.uk on this very real problem. Already the signs of "global warming" are becoming apparent: Ice caps are melting, people are dying from lack of food/water in many countries, land is being destroyed to graze animals, antibiotics and growth hormones are being injected into these stressed out animals which gets passed on in the food chain.

People are taking this stuff into their bodies and it's having adverse consequences. Obesity is on the rise; bacteria is becoming more resistant to drugs. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer (to name a few) are costing a fortune as medical cost soars!

Much research is out there and it's worth considering for many reasons. You don't have to take my word for it and the "usual" crowd doesn't have to start name calling either.

I made it to the fourth word before I knew it was you, Diana. I say let them harvest, but they need to be responsible in their discharge and environmental impact. I suppose we cant have it both ways, which is why I raise and harvest my own, reducing my consumption of big-farm foods.

Do you at least allow these animals a life before they are killed? Do they go outside and eat bugs? My grandmother use to have some chickens too (when I was a child) but they weren't locked up in cages. They didn't have disease and growth hormones or inhumane conditions, until they were killed. Even then, I was very upset. Don't you think they should have a life as a chicken - a living breathing creature before they end up on the plate?

Rendering offal and slaughtering chickens are not the same thing.
I'm pretty sure the 'happy life of eating bugs and roaming the countryside' ship has already sailed by the time Mountain View Rendering comes into the picture.

I agree with all that you said, Old Clunker. Really good post and you know what you are talking about. How right you are that people need to wake up before we lose any more of our streams. It is sad when you think of what a beautiful area we live in. We must ask ourselves if our children and their children will have such a beautiful area and in the same condition as we remember growing up.

It is pathetic that "big business"----the likes of the people who own this plant----always manage to get what they want and what they want is to maximize their profits at all costs. More than not, that almost always is to the detriment of the environment, thereby to the detriment of the rest of us.



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