Nash Chicken Plant Suits Costing Taxpayers Over A Million

Lawsuits over a poultry processing operation in Nash County have already cost taxpayers more than $1 million.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports Sunday that more than $1.1 million in taxpayers' money has been spent on lawsuits and environmental studies over two lawsuits.

Laurel, Miss.-based Sanderson Farms wants to build a second North Carolina poultry processing plant.

The 180,000-square-foot facility is proposed for a 150-acre tract.

A Pitt County judge recently dismissed lawsuits designed to prevent Sanderson from building.

Landowners in the area and the city of Wilson have not said whether they plan to appeal.

Wilson City Manager Grant Goings says the issue is worth fighting for.

The Wilson City Council last fall voted to spend as much as $1 million to pay for litigation against the proposed plant.

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