To submit a comment
Comments on the proposed facility should be submitted within 30 days, starting Aug. 12.
Comments should be directed to: William Chaplin, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Industrial, Agricultural and Storm Water Permitting Division, Bureau of Water, 2600 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201.
Chaplin can also be reached by phone at 803-898-3532.
The name of the farm should be placed at the top of the first page of comments.
A new poultry farm may be on its way to Salley.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control received an application for an agricultural permit to build a poultry farm on Hollow Creek Road in Salley. The application came from Philip and Buffie Poole, who would like to open Buffie’s Poultry Farm on a 40-acre piece of land on Hollow Creek Road.
The proposed farm will have a normal production live weight of 311,100 pounds, according to a public notice. Waste from the farm will be handled by contract with a permitted manure broker.
The next step for DHEC is to begin a review of the application, according to Cassie Harris, a spokeswoman for the department. The Animal Facility Management Plan is available for public review, and a copy of it can be obtained through DHEC’s Freedom of Information Office by visiting bit.ly/1ysR6JL.
Chicken farming operations haven’t fared well in Aiken County in recent years.
Last September, County Council unanimously opposed permitting a chicken operation on a 105-acre lot on Webbs Pond Road in Windsor, due to the possible environmental hazards posed to a nearby subdivision.
A proposed farm on Wire Road in 2011 faced fierce opposition from neighbors over concerns about contamination to the ground, water and air.
Councilwoman Kathy Rawls, who represents the district where this proposed farm would be located, said she would have no problem with the farm.
“It’s a farming area, so it’s suited for chicken farms,” she said. “There are a lot of poultry farms in our area. It’s a farming area, and that’s one of the ways they make a living.”
Rawls said the only farm she has opposed was the one on Webbs Pond Road.
Because the area is already zoned for farming, Rawls said the County will only get involved in the process when it comes to the building permit and site plan, if the permit gets approved by DHEC.
Anyone wishing to comment on this proposed facility is asked to submit all comments in writing within 30 days, starting Aug. 12. All written comments received within 30 days will be considered in the formulation of final determinations regarding the permit.
If DHEC receives at least 20 written comments, the agency will hold a public hearing on the proposed farm.
Harris said DHEC is not involved in zoning or land use issues, and directed such questions to county officials.
Aiken County is among the top producers in the state for broilers – or chickens raised for meat production, according to the S.C. Poultry Federation. South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation for broiler production.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.