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Mountaire Offers to Pay for Deeper Wells Near Chicken Plant

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Mountaire Farms is offering to pay 88 neighbors of one of its chicken plants in Sussex County to dig deeper wells or connect them to a public water supply.

The offer comes after a wastewater discharge in which state investigators found that workers had sprayed highly contaminated effluent on hundreds of acres of farm land and failed to report it.

The company issued an apology for the anxiety suffered by resident in Millsboro and pledged to remedy the situation.

Company says it is now reaching out to those who are eligible.

Mountaire Farms began distributing bottled water earlier this month to residents who live near the facility and get their water from local wells.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.