DNREC sets workshop, hearing on Vlasic site

DNREC experts present issues Nov. 21 in Millsboro
Plans are on the table to convert this facility in Millsboro to a poultry processing plant. BY RON MACARTHUR
November 20, 2013

State officials have scheduled a public workshop to outline issues that must be addressed if a former Vlasic pickle plant in Millsboro is converted to a poultry processing facility.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Community Involvement Advisory Council will sponsor the workshop on the potential redevelopment of the site from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Millsboro Town Hall, 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro.

Allen M. Harim Foods has entered into a brownfields development agreement with DNREC, with the intent of purchasing the site for a poultry processing plant.

A second opportunity for public comment – a public hearing on the brownfields development agreement and a proposed plan of remediation by DNREC’s Site Investigation and Restoration Section – is scheduled for  6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 E. State St., Millsboro.

At the Nov. 21 workshop, DNREC subject matter experts will address specific questions about the site. The Department of Health and Social Services’ Office of Drinking Water (ODW) will discuss issues related to community drinking water systems near the site

A panel of experts will provide an overview of the permitting processes and will explain public health and environmental protection provided by DNREC’s permitting programs. DNREC and ODW staff will be available for questions at poster stations in the hall. Staff will reconvene for a question-and-answer session at the close of the workshop.

For more information, contact James Brunswick, DNREC community ombudsman, at 302-739-9000, or Robert Newsome, site Investigation and restoration section public information officer, at 302-395-2600.