- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

MILTON, Del. (AP) - Environmental activists and Delaware residents are voicing their concerns over the planned expansion of Allen Harim’s Harbeson chicken plant.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has approved Allen Harim’s plan to more than double output at its Harbeson plant, increasing production from 875,000 to nearly 2 million birds per week.

Last year, the company halted plans on a new Millsboro plant in the face of angry neighbors and legal challenges.

Residents held a meeting on Tuesday in Milton, where consultant Maria Payan of the national nonprofit Socially Responsible Agricultural Project called for the DNREC to hold a public hearing. Activists are concerned that the state didn’t order a formal environmental impact study before granting low-interest loans to finance the wastewater upgrades.

The company says the expansion allows for better pollution controls.

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