COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Many people in and around Columbia noticed the smell of chicken manure permeating the city on Tuesday. Officials now believe the smell was coming from a farm owned by former Columbia City Councilman Kirkman Finlay.
Thom Berry, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Environmental Control, said chicken manure was used as fertilizer at a farm off Beckman Swamp Road near Bluff Road. Berry said a DHEC employee spoke to a man working at the farm who said the farm belongs to Finlay.
The former city councilman owns approximately 6,000 acres used to farm soybeans, corn and wheat, according to the biography provided during Finlay's unsuccessful bid for mayor this year.
Berry said that they cannot be 100 percent sure Finlay's farm is the origin of the smell, but all indications are that it is.
DHEC believes the manure was spread properly and without violation, but Berry said investigators would return to the farm on Thursday to inspect the location further.