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Proposal for Poultry Processing Plant to Come to Millsboro


MILLSBORO, Del.- The Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted yes Monday night on a land exemption that will pave the way for a new poultry processing plant in Millsboro.

After the Vlasic Pickle Plant closed last year, many people were wondering what would take its place. Now, Allen Harim Foods is a little closer to opening that chicken processing plant.
However some neighbors say they want the jobs that will come with the new plant, but not the pollution.

Dot Lecates has been in Millsboro for 42 years and she says she hopes Allen Harim isn't one of her new neighbors.

"I have a shallow well and I need to put clean water. If there's anyway to protect the water and protect that Indian River and my grandchild and those that follow us, then that's my goal," says Lecates.

Lecates and her neighbors want the Sussex County Board of Adjustment to know that they are against the proposed plant in Millsboro, many people say, for environmental reasons.

"We're on a well, there's also the river water of course and we've already got a Brownfield site declared at the plant, so there's a great deal of concern about additional pollution there will be," says Lou Podolaske of Millsboro.

However, the board voted yes on a necessary land-use exception saying the company will follow safeguards to protect the public, but it's not just the environment that has neighbors worked up.

"It's the transportation concerns, with the schools and the kids and the trucks going down the roads, and the 700 workers," adds Podolaske.

Cindy Wilton says she was hoping something else would be built on the old Vlasic site.

"Like a green site, you know? Something like a park, something that's going to help the community and not contaminate more," says Wilton.

Lecates adds that she isn't opposed to the Allen Harim Company, just the location they picked.

"They're going to be good neighbors, but they're not going to be good neighbors there if we can help that," adds Lecates.

Some neighbors say they're not done letting their voices be heard.

There are still several more permits and hearings the Allen Harim Company must go through, but the group hopes to open the plant by the middle of 2015 or January 2016.

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