Wilson County To Hold Forum On Proposed Poultry Plant

Wilson County public officials will hold a public forum to discuss the impact of the proposed Sanderson Farms poultry plant.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place Monday at Fike High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. The school is located at 500 Harrison Dr. in Wilson.

The panel of speakers will include Dr. Ellen Silbergeld, a professor at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health;
I. Clark Wright, Jr., partner at Davis, Hartman, Wright, PLLC; and
Thomas S. Dunham, P.G., a geologist with Duncklee & Dunham, P.C.

The proposed poultry plant has received opposition after some believe it could have harmful environmental side effects on the area. The chicken processing plant could provide as many as 1,100 jobs to the area, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram.

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  • by @ CASE FARMS, GOLDSBORO on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    Nothing but 25k to 30k jobs here and english is a second lanuage. I grew up a few miles from case farms chicken plant and watched the area go down hill rapidly, these prossessing plants may not stink, or pollute but they will attract the crime, drugs, ETC... Watch your town go downhill like Dudley and Mt Olive have, ENJOY!!!
  • by Concerned Location: New Bern on Apr 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    I am in favor of helping the local economy with potential new jobs. But, the Neuse River has enough problems without the additional nutrient loading (nitrogen and phosphorous) that this operation will generate. Every year the Neuse experiences numerous fish kills. Get ready to see more and more fish kills once this operation and all of the supporting growing houses get on-line. Where is the Neuse River Foundation? I thought the they "Spoke for the river".
  • by All you with glowing reviews on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    To all of you giving glowing reviews of Sanderson Farms, how much are they paying you to say it? The facts speak quite the opposite story than you're giving. Their presence is a disaster for the entire area around them, again and again. I hope WITN posts this comment.
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      by Col. Colt on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to All you with glowing reviews
      I guess you dont a pig plant either or is sanderson competing with your hog operation.
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      by Larry on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to All you with glowing reviews
      What facts are you talking about? Can you give me some specifics on what your talking about? The one in Kinston have their own wastewater facility out back behind the building
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    I grew up in Laurel, Ms. home of Sanderson Farms. They are great stewards of both the environment and community. This past weekend I attended Marine Graduation in PARRIS Island and met some one from Laurel and I learned more about Sanderson Farms. When hurricanes or local disasters occur in Mississippi, they are the first to offer and give assistance to the local and state emergency management. Having been gone from the area for 40 years they are the partners we need in ENC. Thay make good jobs and support the community.
  • by employeed Location: Wilson on Apr 18, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    The only people complaining are those on 97 near the airport in their big fancy houses. Sanderson opperates very clean facilities and have their water discharge constantly monitored. The company is bringing hundreds of good paying jobs to the area, let them build. If they arent allowed to build those people that could have had jobs may eventually turn to crime to feed their families and maybe they will find those expensive homes that prevented their employment.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM in reply to employeed
      Those darn rich people.....ruining it for everybody! Thank god we have poor people. The poor pay all the taxes, provide all the jobs.....
  • by Larry Location: Goldsboro on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    My brother works at Sanderson Farms in Kinston He says its a nice facility. I take him to work every day and pull right up to the building and smell nothing. There are no illegals that work there. It's about 85 percent black, 10percent white and 5 percent other. It's a very nice building

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