Slaughterhouse Stench

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GREENE TOWNSHIP -- Nicholas Meat has been in business in the Loganton area for more than 30 years. The slaughterhouse employs over 200 people and processes around 500 cattle a day. But many people who live near the plant have a problem with it.

"You can't even have your windows open because it smells," Mary Brungard said.

The smell is something people are tired of.

"Mornings and evenings are the worst. Don't hang my clothes out anymore. I don't want my clothes to smell like that," Tara Tressler said.

"I hold Mother's Day. Well, you can't hold it outside because you don't know if it smells. And it's on a Sunday. Mother's Day is on a Sunday. And it still smells on Sunday," Brungard said.

Sugar Valley Regional Charter School is within a mile of Nicholas Meat. Some teachers tell Newswatch 16 the smell has made children nauseated.

"A lot of them live in this area so it's something they deal with all the time," Angela Basalla said.

Residents tell Newswatch 16, despite complaints, nothing has been done about the smell. Township supervisors tell us something different.

Township supervisors tell Newswatch 16 the owners of Nicholas Meat recently bought land across the street and plan to put in equipment that will cut down on the smell.

Owners plan to buy a digester, which breaks down the waste products from the plant and turns it into fertilizer. Nicholas Meat is waiting for land development plans to go through to start building.

In the meantime, some residents are taking things a step further.

"We did go to the commissioners to get our property values lowered because it's worth nothing because of that smell," Brungard said.

One township resident was able to get their taxes lowered. Commissioners say they are taking this case by case. Neighbors say they just want the odor taken care of.

"I love it here, it's just the smell. It's terrible," Tressler said.

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection is investigating, but would not comment. The owners of Nicholas Meat were not available today for comment. Township supervisors tell Newswatch 16 the facility hopes to finish its plans to fix the stench within a year.


  • These Comments are from Idiots

    Wow! What a bunch of idiots! None of you know anything about what your talking about. These people complaining have generation after generation of people living in the valley this plant is in. This isn’t the Burger you’d want to buy, maybe…’s from discarded dairy cows and bulls and mostly comes from Canada. Not locally raised beef from steers. It’s grade K McDonalds meat. This operation has stunk up a town to a point that homes can’t be sold, homes have to be reassessed to lower their taxes, etc. The main source of labor is from illegal immigrants. So, the meat doesn’t come from local farms and the labor doesn’t provide jobs for locals.
    The posts on here are obviously from people who have no idea what they are talking about. This plant has hijacked local government into making illegal decisions to benefit it. As far as the 30 years comments, it started as a small operation, was out of business for years because of a fire, then all of a sudden butchering 500(soon to be 850 Canadian cows), no one in that community “signed up for that”. You people who think you know, but a house beside it if it’s not so bad. These people’s homes were there long before it became this.

    • M

      Well Robert, I actually did simply say “so sad”, and my post was removed….I guess the moderators thought it was offensive in some way. It just breaks my heart that up to 500 sweet, innocent animals….500 per day! Are killed, just so people can eat a five minute meal of meat that they really don’t need. Im sure ill get tons of nonsense replies for this…whatever…im used to it….but, to me its heartbreaking….

  • Lance

    Just like buying your house on a main road and then whine about the traffic. Too bad that place was there for decades. They should put up and shut up

  • Eric Barton

    Just like the people who buy a house next to a farm because they want the view but cry about the smell of a farm. This place was there for 30 years so its not like it just popped up.

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