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Worried Residents Voice Concerns about Poultry Farm Proposal to County Officials

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 PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Some residents against a proposed mega-poultry farm are voicing their concerns tonight at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Somerset County.

Picture this. Six chicken houses, 67 x 660 feet with a manure shed behind it. It is a plan that has already been mapped out near Wildwood Drive,off Backbone Road, and it has ruffled a few feathers in the Inzerillo household.

“We are going to see this right out of our window,” said Lisa Inzerillo, who stood in her kitchen and pointed out of it to the site where the mega poultry farm would go.

Inzerillo lives on a farm that has been in her family for generations, and she loves the location.

“ I love the peace and quiet and the beauty of it,” she said.

Lisa and her husband, Dr. Joseph, an ER doctor, are part of the Backbone Corridor Neighbors Association, which is comprised of residents who do not want a mega-chicken farm built near their home and the Wildwood Drive community close by.

“ The air that comes out of those [chicken houses] is very polluted air; it's not filtered whatsoever and will blow directly at these houses," Mrs. Inzerillo said.
    
 " If you can smell it, you're inhaling it and it's irritating your bronchial tubes and your airways, and this can be crucial for adults and children,” Mr. Inzerillo said.

Ben Nguyen, a Salisbury farmer, initially had two proposals on the table. He wanted to build four chicken houses near the Pine Acres Drive community, but withdrew the plan. WBOC reached out to Nguyen for comment about ongoing concerns, but received no response.

However, Nguyen told WBOC last month that he plans to rotate the chicken houses by 90 degrees and plant thousands of trees to protect the homes around them.

 "Trees may help so you don't see it, but it's still there,” Inzerillo said. “You are going to smell it and feel the effects of it.”

According to Gary Pusey, director of Somerset County's Planning and Zoning Commission, no decisions will be made at tonight's meeting about rezoning the proposed operation.

He said Nguyen still has to meet a few requirements, like submitting a stormwater management plan.  

Nguyen previously told WBOC he hoped to get started on the operation this month.



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