Response to Hocker and Atkins letter

August 30, 2013

We, the residents of Millsboro who are adjacent and surround the contaminated property of the Vlasic/Pinnacle Plant, are outraged with the editorial (letter) from Hocker and Atkins.

The land is already contaminated with the carcinogens and high VOC'S on at least 33 acres in there wells and soil samples supplied by BPI Environmental testing.  Why do the taxpayers have to pay to clean-up there mess?  Pinnacle should be held responsible.

As far as 700 jobs, our representatives must have seen the dog and pony show that Allen Harim has tried to put out to the public (selected public).  What they don't know in past articles on Allen Harim's website, one-third of those positions are imported from Korea and brought over along with their families.

Another 100 jobs are management, which will transfer here. Not to mention that two million birds per week, after processing, will be exported back to South Korea.  They said at the June 17  public meeting, that 100 factory farms (100,000 chickens in each farm) will be located within a 50 mile radius of the processing plant in Millsboro.  That includes, Bethany, Ocean View, Long Neck, etc.

So let me get this straight, Mr. Hocker and Mr. Atkins, we supply jobs for other countries, they contaminate our inland bay with their waste water discharge and whatever else, and they we send the finished product back to other countries.  Wow!  We pay for this to happen, Wow!

I thought our representatives were to be open for discussing the pros and cons of all new development, environmental issues, public safety, life changing decisions for our residents, and concern for our community.

Guess not!

Bruce Ballantine

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