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Neighbors Voice Concern Over Harbeson Poultry Plant

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Allen Harim poultry processing facility in Harbeson (Photo: WBOC) Allen Harim poultry processing facility in Harbeson (Photo: WBOC)

MILTON, Del - At a public workshop Monday night, neighbors were given the chance to voice their concerns with the Allen Harim Poultry Processing facility in Harbeson. Neighbors told WBOC that they have concerns with traffic, debris, and odor coming from the facility. 

The "informational meeting," which started at 7 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, was hosted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Community Involvement Advisory Council (CIAC). This council is tasked with bridging the gap between DNREC and the community. 

Robert Lawson, who lives across the street from the facility, said that there is a growing number of neighbors who are concerned. 

"In the summertime," said Lawson. "You can't even go outside of your house. As a matter of fact, we are also having people moving out of town because of the stench of the smell from the plant. And that's not right." 

The council held a similar meeting in February to address neighbor concerns, but neighbors criticized the location of the meeting, saying Millsboro was too far away from the site. For that reason DNREC agreed to host this second meeting. 

Allen Harim CEO Steve Evans said that they take the accusations very seriously. He said that the company has made improvements to both traffic and odor since it took over the facility. 

"I hope to make sure that the community knows that we are open to hearing their concerns," he said. "And to also stop any misinformation that is in the community." 

The company is currently in the middle of consolidating their operation to the Harbeson location, after closing their Cordova facility. The company is looking to expand their production to 1.8 million birds processed every week by July. 

Before this expansion occurs, Lawson said that more regulation is needed. 

"DNREC needs to step up," he said. "And fight the problems. And be on the side of the citizens of Harbeson. Not helping Allens Harim get a bigger, faster, plant."

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