Rendering plants can't be a nuisance under legislation

US - Animal rendering plants have been the subject of court cases and citizen complaints in several parts of the state. Now, a proposal before the state Senate would prevent neighbors from suing them for being a nuisance. State law protects farms and livestock ranches from being sued by neighbors for bad smells, loud noise and other activity that could disturb them. A bill by Sen. Casey Cagle, R-Gainesville, would give rendering plants the same protections.

After meat is processed and packaged for humans to eat, the remains of the carcasses are shipped to rendering plants. There, animal fat is cooked into oils for products like soap and other remains are used to make fertilizer, animal food and other products.

Cagle, whose hometown is one of the nation's leading poultry producers, says he believes the plants should already be protected under the law and his bill merely clarifies that.

But citizens groups, environmental activists and some lawmakers are lining up against the plan, saying it takes away one of the main tools to keep in check an industry that's been guilty of multiple violations.
calendar icon 9 February 2005
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