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Millsboro Resident Enlist Experts In Fight Against Chicken Plant

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MILLSBORO, Del. - Controversy over the future of the former Vlasic pickle plant takes a new turn, as residents against developing the plant into a chicken processing facility has pulled in environmental expert John Austin to keep the plant away from their neighborhood.

"My assessment of the site is that it's not suitable for the high water disposal use that is being planned," says Austin, the science coordinator for the Inland Bays Foundation a former analytical chemist for the Environmental Protection Agency.

He worries water used at the potential Allen Harim plant would further spread the chemical arsenic, already found in monitoring wells on site.

He says "levels of arsenic were found in two wells, one well above the groundwater protection standard which is far above what is safe for human health."

The group wants to see off-site wells tested for the chemical as well, based on their research.

Pointing to a map of the Millsboro area, Austin says "we can see that the plume is far off site.  At least a half mile off the boundaries of the facility."

Research they say they'll bring up at Tuesday's hearing with DNREC.

There are supporters of the proposed Allen-Harim chicken plant.  The Sussex County Board of Realtors has publicly spoken in favor of the plant, posting ads in local newspapers.

For anyone interested in hearing more about the arguments for and against the plant, as well as DNREC's latest findings, the next public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th at 6 PM in the Millsboro Town Hall.

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