Help us protect our Indian River!

The Vlasic Pickle plant, located in Millsboro Delaware, has left the property contaminated  with carcinogens and   HIGH   levels of VOC’s.  If the prospective Allen Harim Chicken plant is allowed to move in and slaughter an estimated 2 million birds a week and discharge its waste into our already contaminated waters, the effects will be devastating for our already precarious environment. Please join us in our efforts to protect our Indian River and to stop our Government from further subsidizing pollution in our Community.

Concerns:

  • Health Issues – Respiratory, skin, and eye diseases due to exposure to gases including  Ammonia (NH3), Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Methane ( CH4).
  • Air Quality – Respiratory problems resulting from exposure to dust, which is composed of feathers, dander, micro-organisms, etc.
  • Traffic -  June 10th, we were told 25 trucks, June 17th we were told 85 trucks, which this was for 360,000 chickens per week.  They changed that to 2 million chickens per week, so how many trucks will it be now?
  • Water Quality  - With all the chemicals, we should be concerned about contamination of our water. Who would have thought that a pickle plant would contaminate the land, but they did.   Let alone our wells possible running dry, or the brine water being drawn closer to our wells (this was stated by Robert Bowcock, an environmentalist from Erin Brockovichs’  team)  because Allen Harim will be consuming over 6 million gallons/day (stated in an article in  The Wave, page 8, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013).
  • Property Value - 100 Factory Farms in a 50 mile radius of the plant -  Harmful gases in poultry houses are not limited to ammonia.  Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Methane (CH4),  and vapors (associated with pesticides, disinfectants, and litter treatments) are also   present and  cause health problems.   For more information please visit:  http://www.worldpoultry.net/Broilers/Health/2010/7/Health-hazards-Safety-always-comes-first-WP007676W/

Cancer Cluster -  a term used  to define an occurrence of a greater-than-expected number of cancer cases within a group of people in a geographic area over  a period. (1 exists in Millsboro already)

Brownfield -  land previously used for industrial purposes , now contaminated by low concentrations of  hazardous waste or pollution, and  has the potential to be re-used once  it is cleaned up.    The new business can receive our tax money in the help of cleaning up. (Vlasic/Pinnacle is now a Brownfield)

Superfund -  is a site that is contaminated with hazardous substances. (2 sites already in Millsboro, go to our About page to see more information)

Whartons Creek

Wharton’s Creek which adjoins the facility and flows into the Indian River.

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