Nash County Approves Support For Poultry Plant

Sanderson Farms has not decided if it wants to build a poultry plant in Nash County yet, but county commissioners voted Monday morning on a resolution that says the plant is welcome to build there. The resolution states "the Nash County Board of Commissioners desires to formalize its support of the proposed economic development project." The board voted 5 to 2 in support of the resolution which mentions 1100 job opportunities and the proposed increase in the County's tax base of $100 million to be invested in the plant. The resolution says the county stands "ready and willing to finalize negotiations regarding potential inducements and incentives in a form substantially similar to that offered to Sanderson in Lenoir County."

County Manager Bob Murphy says 8 people spoke for the resolution and 6 against it. There have been concerns about foul smells from the plant and water contamination and depletion of water resources.

Murphy says Sanderson Farms has not given a timeline for building the poultry processing plant and related facilities, and again have not made a final decision on the location of the new plant.

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A controversial chicken plant proposal is back on the agenda of the Nash County Board of Commissioners. Sanderson Farms has looked at building a plant in Nash county, drawing mixed reaction from residents.

The Nash County commissioners Monday will consider a resolution that would "express support" for Sanderson building there, along with offering incentives to the company to do so. The resolution says the incentives would model those Lenoir County offered to Sanderson to bring a plant there.

Residents opposed to the plant filed lawsuits, saying the plant would damage the area's water supply.


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  • by shonuff on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:11 AM
    Notice how this chicken farm is moving to the oppressed areas of our state? Kinston and now Rocky Mount. Where does an overly abundance of crime come from in eastern N.C.? That's right Kinston and Rocky Mount. I wouldn't eat one of the nasty a** birds from that operation to save my own life. All those chemicals, additives and who knows what else. Chickens these day are grown overnight.....don't even taste like chicken. Processed food for all!!! Thugs get off the street and get ready to go to work.
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:54 AM
    It's time for thosee of us living downstream of Rocky Mount to step up and work to stop this madness. Tarboro, Greenville and Washington will likely have to raise taxes to pay for more water treatment to clean the chicken poop out of the water supply.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    Gimme them chickens!
  • by NO CHICKEN PLANT! Location: Southern Nash on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    We are not rich!!!! We both work to pay for taxes. Give me a break. I better see all y"All working and no longer able to post your uninformed opinions. Mark my words, this will come back to haunt you. The morons keep on putting comments here that have no idea what they're talking about need to go out and get a job. Sanderson farms 500 chicken houses will smell up your area too!!!! thank you
  • by Roy Location: Winterville on Mar 5, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    Knowing that the people in Eastern NC are not very smart big chicken is about to rape Eastern NC the way big HOG did 20 years ago. Time to move away from this animal waste Love Canal. No wonder there are no NC oysters for sale anymore????
  • by Don't believe Wilson? Location: Nash on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    How about Raleigh then. Raleigh Opposes Nash Chicken Plant By CHRYSTAL BARTLETT May 2, 2011 | Posted in: City Council, News | Raleigh city officials say a proposed chicken operation in Nash County could cost them big bucks for waste cleanup. Sanderson Farms’ proposed plant, dubbed “Project Baseball,” would be located in the Neuse River basin. Part of the operation’s infrastructure includes a spray application field that would receive 1.4-million gallons of industrial processed wastewater a day. City officials recently submitted comments to the state saying, in effect, that the facility could force Raleigh to spend more money on clean water initiatives to mitigate the resulting chicken waste in the Neuse. The Neuse River basin is already under nutrient management rules for excess nitrogen and phosphorus. The 180,000-square-foot facility, to be located near the N.C. 97 and Interstate 95 interchange, drains into the Toisnant Swamp watershed. The watershed supplies part of the City of Wilson’s water supply.
  • by Read... Location: Nash on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    You may learn something. Less than 20% of NC's surface area is in a Protected Water Supply Watershed. This crowd has managed to locate the plant, the hatchery and the waste spray fields all in this 20%. There's a place for everything and this ain't the place for a poultry plant.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM
    Chicken plant proposal.. thought it was going to be something like the stupid marrying bacon commercial.
  • by Lisa Location: Bertie on Mar 5, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    How many chicken plants do we need in North Eastern NC???
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      by only me on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM in reply to Lisa
      can't afford steak,remember the saying a chicken in every pot.
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      by BLAHammed on Mar 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM in reply to Lisa
      I don't know.Where can I buy a chicken plant to grow in my garden.
  • by resident Location: nash on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    Its obvious that you people don't know the scope of the situation. The two biggest problems are that one of the sites is in a "protected" watershed AND the jobs will not be going to the locals "long term". http://moultrieobserver.com/local/x843248157/Plaintiffs-allege-Sanderson-Farms-hired-illegal-immigrants
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      by resident farmer on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:56 AM in reply to resident
      The article also reads that Sanderson is the largest employer in the county and that these claims are not proven. The jobs will extend far beyond the gates of the plant, and will not all be filled by cheap labor.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM in reply to resident
      It's obvious you've been fed a bunch of propaganda by the city of Wilson cronies.
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