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Council postpones slaughterhouse vote

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Council postpones slaughterhouse vote

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The Whatcom County Council has postponed a decision on allowing slaughterhouses on county farmland after more than two hours of comments from the public.

Many Whatcom County farmers and consumers say they want more local packing houses, but some thought the proposal had too many requirements.

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Slaughterhouse opponents, including some farmers, had concerns about the impacts on air and water quality.

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After the public comment period, the council approved changes that reduce the maximum sizes for slaughterhouses and allow animals to be held in holding pins for no more than 24 hours.

Residents living within a thousand feet of any proposed slaughterhouse would be notified in writing.

The ordinance will be re-introduced with another public hearing in September.