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Residents Opposed Expansion of JBS Pork Plant

21 April 2014

US - Residents in a Kentucky town are fighting a proposed expansion of a JBS Swift pork processing plant.

The Butchertown Neighborhood Association has called on a judge to overturn a Louisville zoning board's decision to allow the expansion of the slaughter plant.

A report on WDRB says the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment last month voted to allow the plant to add a 4,008-square-foot animal unloading chute enclosure and 162 square feet to the plant's animal bleeding and stunning building, according to the appeal filed in Jefferson Circuit Court.

The complaint by the neighbourhood association and Butchertown resident Andrew Cornelius says that in approving the plant's modified use permit, the zoning board shirked its legal requirement to consider whether nuisances like foul odors would be mitigated.

The zoning board's approval came with two conditions that the neighbourhood association says are "arbitrary and capricious" and insufficient to address air problems created by the pork plant, according to the appeal.

One condition is that JBS/Swift has to report back to the board every six months for two years on the status of its air pollution compliance; the other condition places a limit on the number of hogs slaughtered per day.


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