Manure: a challenge that needs a solution

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor:

I have watched with interest the controversy regarding the manure processing facility in Mill Spring. I understand that nearby residents object to the location based on smell. This may be the case and I sympathize, although after several trips to the site I personally have not been able to detect any odor.

Be that as it may, this location may not be the best and it is my understanding that the owner, Corbett Stone, is diligently seeking a resolution to neighborhood complaints. I sincerely hope he is able to find a suitable situation for his manure composting company. A viable remedy to the disposal (and hopefully re-purposing) of equine waste is desperately needed here. It has been ignored for too long. Many of us, myself included, have had it hauled away with an out of sight/out of mind attitude.

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Mr. Stone has been one of those whose goal is to be a part of the solution. He has worked cooperatively with county officials and the county engineer and has been compliant and even exceeded North Carolina Department of Natural Resources regulations. Contrary to unofficial reports, there has been no leaching into the creek.  The water run-off is captured and re-applied to microbe process. His company has used acknowledged best practices with injected air and aerated floors to enhance the composting.  The result is a neutral Ph soil amendment – a product with value.

The horse industry has been good for many years to the local economy. This is just another challenge that needs a solution, not condemnation.

Libbie Johnson
Tryon, N.C.