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Posted September 25, 2012 | 2 Comments
Letter to the Editor: Can George's handle additional waste?
On Sept. 6, Friends of the North Fork submitted comments to the Shenandoah County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors regarding a request from Mountain View Rendering Co., Edinburg, to amend its special use permit to receive additional materials for rendering. Ultimately, the wastewater from their rendering plant is sent to the nearby George's Chicken plant for treatment and discharge into Stoney Creek.
There was a serious event at the George's plant a few weeks ago:
Key wastewater discharge limits were violated for about a week, with excess pollution levels found in Stoney Creek. Although measures were taken to correct the problem, the plant continued to operate and discharge inadequately treated waste. As a result, the violations continued. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) conducted an inspection and made recommendations on better monitoring and maintenance practices. The DEQ is now considering issuing a notice of violation and imposing a fine.
The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of Mt. View's request for several reasons. George's Chicken has the design capacity to receive additional materials. Mt. View is a separate legal entity (although 25 percent of the company is owned by George's Chicken) and as such Mt. View is not responsible for the wastewater treatment violations committed by George's Chicken. We understand the Commission's recommendation, but remain concerned whether George's can handle the additional waste they will receive from Mt. View.
Ron Falyar, President,