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Photos from Port Arthur City Council meeting

After months of discussion and strong public outcry against the facility, the Port Arthur City Council effectively dealt a deathblow to a proposal to build a meat-processing plant at a Jade Avenue business park.

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The Port Arthur City Council effectively dealt a deathblow to Riceland's Farms proposed plan to build a meat-processing facility at a Jade Avenue business park in the city, a location objected to by numerous Port Acres neighbors and some tenants of the abutting business park worried about the potential odor and other possible negative effects they believe it could have on the surrounding community.

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Port Arthur City Council

April 5, the Port Arthur City Council tabled an agenda item that would prohibit land on Jade Avenue to be used for a “slaughterhouse or meat-processing plant” after Riceland Farms recently brought a proposal for such a facility before the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

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Photo from Riceland presentation

The potential odor that a proposed halal meat-processing facility could have produced gave community members pause and led the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation (

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Orange County Judge Brint Carlton

At a meeting on July 27, the Orange County Commissioners Court voted to withhold funding from the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, which the court indicated would essentially shut down the county EDC. But on Aug.

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