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Poultry Farm Says Solution To Odor On Way

by 5m Editor
30 May 2007, at 1:30pm

RIVERSIDE - The owner of a poultry farm near Lake Mathews that has triggered dozens of complaints from nearby homeowners about foul smells asked for more time Tuesday night to complete an odor-control system.

Jong said her family is investing $400,000 in a system that will enclose a 15,000-square-foot composting operation at the poultry farm that processes chicken manure into fertilizer. That business is known as Jong's Organic Fertilizers.

"My family is very concerned," Joyce Jong, of Jong's Poultry Farm, told the standing-room-only crowd that jammed into the multipurpose room at Lake Mathews Elementary School.

Jong's statements came at a community meeting called by county Supervisor Bob Buster, whose 1st District includes the poultry ranch and Victoria Grove and Lake Hills, the two communities that have been the source of many of the complaints.

"There is a problem and there is a solution at hand," Jong said.

Jong said her family is investing $400,000 in a system that will enclose a 15,000-square-foot composting operation at the poultry farm that processes chicken manure into fertilizer. That business is known as Jong's Organic Fertilizers.

The air is then forced into a "scrubbing room" where it is washed eight times before being released, Jong said.

Because the system is custom-designed for the farm, the installation has taken longer than anticipated.

"We're very close to the end," Jong said.

Source: ThePressEnterprise

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