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Mountaire Permit Request Gets DNREC Hearing

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Delaware state officials heard from the public last night over the latest permit request by Mountaire Farms for two anaerobic lagoons at the chicken plant in Millsboro.

WBOC reports that the temporary lagoons would be used for sludge that would be transported to a landfill.

But Mountaire has been dealing with last year’s wastewater treatment violations after increased nitrate levels were found in private wells near the plant.

The television station reports that local resident Joanne Haynes told the hearing by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control that she has lost faith in the company.

Meanwhile, Elio Battista, an attorney representing Mountaire, told the gathering that the goal was to prevent, minimize and mitigate any potential risks to the public or the environment.

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.