- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ST. PAULS, N.C. (AP) - Residents in Robeson County are asking North Carolina regulators to reject an environmental permit that would allow a chicken processing plant to be built in the county.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that (http://bit.ly/1iBH6gVs ) about 50 people turned out and a dozen people spoke against the permit for Sanderson Farms at a hearing in St. Pauls on Thursday.

Residents worry that allowing the $139 million plant will affect groundwater in the area.

State officials announced earlier this year that the plant, expected to create 1,100 jobs during the next three years, will locate in Robeson County. Officials in Nash and Cumberland counties earlier rejected the plant because of community opposition.

Officials say the plant will process almost 180,000 chickens a day.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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