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A record crowd of 300 is expected for the Sussex County Council's discussion of Perdue Inc.'s proposed chicken manure pelletizing plant between Blades and Laurel on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999.
The 1:30 p.m. meeting in council chambers in Georgetown is unlikely to produce a vote on the plant's conditional use application, according to councilmen Lynn J. Rogers and Dale R. Dukes.
The meeting is expected to last more than four hours but both feel the issue is too complex to be discussed and voted on in one session.
The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Nov. 18 to recommend approval of the 100x630-foot plant proposed for 210 acres west of U.S. 13A north of Sussex 485, but many in the expected audience of 300 will oppose the plant.
Agriculture industry representatives favor the plant, which would convert chicken waste into fertilizer pellets to be sold to Midwestern and international farmers, because it would help them reduce the level of nitrates chicken waste produces.
They say it would also save the local poultry industry money and the local economy jobs because it would reduce their costs in disposing of their chicken waste.
The plant has faced stiff opposition from neighboring property owners fearing the plant's potential odors, noise and environmental impact since the deal between Perdue Inc. and the State of Delaware to locate the plant there was announced.
A public hearing will be held at Del Tech in Georgetown on Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, to discuss how the state should spend its portion of the tobacco settlement. The hearing by the Health Fund Advisory Committee will begin at 7 p.m.
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