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Turkey farm in Bladen County looking like a possibility

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A proposed turkey farm in Bladen County is one step closer to approval. The county Health Department says it can't find any reason why a turkey farm would pose a health threat to residents around the proposed site in Dublin. Residents are reacting. "Very disappointed," Dublin resident Douglas Butler said. That was one Dublin resident's reaction when the health department made its determination. A turkey farm would not present health risks to residents, but residents say otherwise. "There's no way you're going to dump poultry waste on that land and contain it to where it doesn't run off and contain it to where it doesn't flow into my wetlands," Resident Jimmy Freeman said. Water quality was a factor when the Health Department assessed the potential poultry farm. Members of the board visited other turkey farms in the area, and at the meeting presented their findings. The board says if Prestige built a facility like the one members visited, runoff wouldn't be a problem. Residents aren't buying it. "Folks are upset. This is being put on them by outsiders," Freeman said. The county Board of Health says water containment issues are state regulated, so it doesn't have much control over them anyway. It can enact setback laws. Those are rules that dictate where a turkey house can be built. The board did agree to review set back laws that would require a poultry house to be at least 1000 feet from any home. "I reckon we got a little bit more than we expected but we didn't get near what we wanted," Douglas Butler said. Even so, Jimmy Freeman says that's too close and vows to keep fighting. "Any American wants to protect his home and family," Freeman said. The Board of Health says at this point, it's likely that the turkey farm will go forward. It has already been given a permit.

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