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A public hearing on the expansion of a Harim chicken processing plant in Harbeson drew neighbors and environmentalists last night.

The company wants to expand the facility to handle just under 2 million birds per week.

WBOC reports that the company said it wanted to construct a four stage nutrient removal system that would eliminate 97 percent of the nutrients in the water.

A meeting in late April saw around 100 neighbors attend a meeting on the expansion where they expressed concerns about the impact on the neighboring community.

Don Rush

Rehoboth voters gave the thumbs up to $70 million for building a new city hall and a new wastewater outfall.

$52 million will go to the outfall and $18 million for the new city hall.

Mayor Sam Cooper told the television station that he was relieved after approval by voters over the weekend.

The city hall project got the green light by more than 150 votes out of 12-hundred ballots cast.

Meanwhile, the outfall has gotten opposition from environmental groups who fear the pollution from nutrients flowing into the water.

A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The costs of restoring the Chesapeake Bay could be cut as much as 80 percent through trading of pollution credits, according to a new study.

The study was presented Thursday in Washington to the Chesapeake Bay Commission, which advises state legislators in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.