Chicken farms proposed near Mountville, residents raise concerns

MOUNTVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Mary Basel and Margaret Sparrow say their family home on Lisbon Road means everything to them.

“It’s been in the family over 200 years,” said Sparrow.

“We just feel we need to protect this land because of our family – how important it was to them,” said Basel.

The sisters say proposals to bring more poultry farms nearby is concerning.

“There are a lot of chicken farms already in the Mountville area,” said Basel.

Resident Sandra McNair knows all too well.

“In a radius of three and a half miles, I have 5 operational chicken industries,” said McNair.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has received permit applications to build 6 barns near Lisbon Road and Mart Teague Road. According to DHEC, the total amount of birds is over 1.2 million, creating thousands of tons of manure every year.

“It smells (sighs). I don’t really know if there’s a word to describe it,” said McNair.

A local chicken farmer who didn’t want to go on camera says it’s all a give and take to help produce an important food in many peoples diet.

“We won’t be able to sit outside at the picnic table because we would just be inundated with flies and nobody would be able to stand the smell,” said Basel.

DHEC has hosted two public hearings and tells 7 News comments will be considered during the permitting process. In a statement, DHEC says during the public hearings, they assured residents that all complaints will be investigated.

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