State Eyes Major Poultry Litter-to-Energy Power Station

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Conservation & Recreation launched the Shenandoah Valley Poultry Litter to Energy Watershed & Air Advisory Group in February to evaluate plans for a large scale poultry litter to energy power station in the Shenandoah Valley as a means to meet Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay water quality requirements.

Page County rejected a similar proposal from the Fibrowatt company in 2010 due to impacts on air quality, local roads, quality of life and Shenandoah National Park.

SVN and our partners called on the study group to examine all options for poultry to energy, at all scales, and to document impacts on farm income, local communities and natural resources. At this time, it looks like the study will only evaluate the large power station option.