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Another Lost Battle For Millsboro Residents Over Chicken Plant

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DOVER, Del. -  Millsboro residents may have just about lost their battle against the Allen Harim chicken processing plant.

They reportedly took their concerns to court on Tuesday, in an Environmental Appeal Hearing. According to reports, the appeal was filed by Ken Kristl, Esq. and the Widener Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic for Protecting Our Indian River Citizens Group and the Inland Bay Foundation.

The appeal reportedly challenges the December 24, 2013 Order of the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (No. 2013-WH-0061) which approves a proposed remedial action plan at the site of the town's former Vlasic pickle plant, the proposed controversial South Korean-owned Allen Harim poultry processing plant in Millsboro, Delaware.

Protecting Our Indian River members say the appeal states the remedial plan determined by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) was flawed in several key elements, including:

  • The failure to characterize adequately the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site. This includes the failures to sample in areas of known or suspected areas of contamination, consider all data about the site, and determine potential and actual offsite impacts.
  • The failure to evaluate properly the risks created by the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site. This includes the failure to consider known or suspected risks at the site, develop sufficient data to conduct an adequate risk assessment, have adequate data to support the risk assessment actually conducted, and determine risks from potential and actual offsite impacts.
  • The failure to impose a remedy that reduces and/or eliminates the impacts and risks of the hazardous substances on or emanating from the site.

Despite their claims, members of Protecting Our Indian River tell 47 ABC the hearing was unsuccessful. They say DNREC only agreed to keep a watch on the site. Now, the group is reportedly meeting this weekend to decide whether or not to pursue any further legal action

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