(9-4-21) The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on a draft permit to install and a draft permit to operate the facility called “JP Poultry” located at 8704 state Route 274, New Bremen.

The PTI would be good for two years while the PTO would be valid for five years, if approved.

The facility consists of two existing operational poultry barns with a total combined designed capacity of 322,640 laying hens and one existing decommissioned poultry barn that currently has no design capacity.

Under the plan, the owners, Jim, Pamela and Joshua Fleck, want to remodel the decommissioned Layer Barn #3 to house 171,000 laying hens and construct a new Manure Storage Barn #4 to store solid poultry manure and to construct an egg processing wastewater storage pond to store the eggwash water produced by the proposed egg processing plant.

Comments can be made no later than 5 p.m. on October 4 and can either be mailed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 or emailed to lepp@agri.ohio.gov.