An environmental group wants Sussex County Superior Court to overturn a county board ruling that would allow Allen Harim Foods to convert a pickle plant into a poultry processing facility.
The group “Protecting Our Indian River” is asking the court to overturn the decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment to allow the Millsboro facility to move forward. The board vote 4-0 on November 5th to issue a permit to Harim.
“Sussex County erroneously approved a permit to the detriment of the public health and safety of this community and the environment,” said Cindy Wilton, member of Protecting Our Indian River. She claims discharges from plant would foul the Indian River.
The group is also opposed to the year-round operation the chicken plant, compared to the former Vlassic pickle plant which was only operated seasonally.
Chicken is big business
South Korea-based Harim announced plans to move into the plant earlier this year. They plan to invest $100 million in the facility and hire as many as 700 workers to work at what company officials describe as a state-of-the-art poultry processing, cut-up and cooking operation.