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Sampson Co. takes steps toward new power plant

Posted August 5, 2008

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— Sampson County Commissioners voted Monday to rezone a property that could yield new industrial jobs for the county.

Fibrowatt, based in Minnesota, turns poultry leavings into electricity. If approved, the new plant would employ more than 100 people.

The vote to change the zoning of the site near the intersection of N.C. Highway 403 and Interstate 40 from residential agriculture to industrial passed 4-1, with Commissioner Malachi Faison dissenting.

Fibrowatt is to submit a proposal to operate a power plant to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The application process, in which Fibrowatt must prove it can meet state and federal air-quality standards, can take up to a year.

The company hopes to have the plant in operation by 2011.

Jeffrey Wilson, chairman of the board of commissioners, said he trusts that the application process will ease the worries of those who live nearby. Some residents have questioned the traffic and environmental impact of the plant.


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  • maxpower Aug 5, 2008

    jsanders==Tell us all you know about this. It doesn't appear to be new to you. Enlighten us with you third world knowledge.

  • SaveEnergyMan Aug 5, 2008

    There's a lot of energy in animal waste. I knew of a farmer that took poultry waste from his chickens, digested it anaerobically, and then burned the gas. He made 75 kW of electricity for sale. What was left was a fantastic fertilizer (the nitogen and phosphorous doesn't get used up in the digestion process). We have a lot of the stuff - so why not??

  • vote4changeASAP Aug 5, 2008

    "poultry leavings" ???

    Newsflash WRAL reporter, the proper term for poultry waste is litter.

    This is not good. Poultry litter is already in demand to be used as fertilizer because commercial fertilizer has exploded in price.

  • rnitschke66 Aug 5, 2008

    As if Sampson County doesn't already smell bad enough ...

  • jsanders Aug 5, 2008

    "Some residents have questioned the traffic and environmental impact of the plant."

    Is anyone questioning the complete backwardness of burning animal waste for energy? That's Third World stuff; good grief: