Hundreds of Nash and Wilson County residents rallied Sunday afternoon protesting a proposed chicken plant that would be built in the area.
800 to 900 people came out for the rally. It was held at the intersection of Tar River Church Rd. & Hwy 97.
Officials tell us Sanderson Farms plans to buy land in the area to use as part of a new chicken processing plant operation. And that could create eleven hundred jobs.
But some residents in the area fear that waste from the plant could contaminate Wilson’s water supply.
Wilson’s City Manager Grant Goings says he asked Nash County Commisioners for an environmental impact study, but he says they said no. Because of that Goings says city council has approved using up to one million dollars from the city’s general fund to fight the processing plant.
Officials from the rally say they have at least 900 signatures from people who are against the chicken plant and they are working to get more people to sign.
Monday morning Nash County officials are supposed to meet to discuss this matter further and many of the protesters will be there.