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Nash County commissioners to meet on chicken plant plan

Posted November 15, 2010 5:45 a.m. EST

— Incentives to lure a chicken processing plant to Nash County are on the agenda Monday for the county Board of Commissioners.

Sanderson Farms has proposed building the plant west of the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport off of N.C. Highway 97, promising to create about 1,000 jobs.

Neighbors, concerned about pollution, have registered concerns that the benefits don't outweigh the costs.

Kathy Williamson said she worries about the impact on the Tar River in her backyard and what that could mean for drinking water supplies downstream in Nash and Wilson counties.

“Once this plant gets here, it’s too late and it’s not worth our future. I know it's 1,100 jobs, but it’s 1,100 low-paying jobs,” she said.

The Board of Commissioners voted last month to rezone land near Highway 97 for a potential expansion.