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Oral Arguments Made Over Allen Harim Plant

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Allen Harim Foods has been working to set up a poultry plant for years in the old Vlasic pickle plant off of Iron Branch Road, and now they may be one step closer. On Wednesday attorneys from both sides of the lengthy legal battle gathered to make their oral arguments.

It was in May of 2014 that a state environmental appeals board gave the company permission to set up the plant. In response to this an environmental group, called Protecting Our Indian River filed an appeal.

In court Attorney Kenneth Kristl argued that there were legal and factual problems with the board's findings, which justified the appeal. However attorneys from both Allen Harim and The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control called Kristl's theory "farfetched."

"There is no evidence," said Keith Brady, the attorney for DNREC. "None that there is currently a release at that site."

DNREC argued that there was not contamination off site, from the factory, as Kristl cited.

Jay Meyer, from Protecting Our Indian River said that the group has already paid more than $8,000 in legal fees. He said that the group would likely take the case to the state supreme court if this appeal failed.

"The people who live in Possum Point," he said. "Just can't fathom why the state of Delaware would allow something like this to ever happen."

Meanwhile many from the city have voiced support for the plant, which Allen Harim said will bring in 700 new jobs.

"There are a few jobs around," said Amy Simmons from the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce. "But when you're talking about a company coming in with 700 jobs, there's a lot of opportunity."

The judge will have to make a decision within 90 days.

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