Delaware shipped in excess of 40 million pounds of poultry manure out of state in 2013. The additional 104 million chickens (Allen Harim proposed two million chickens per week) will produce at least 215 million more pounds of poultry manure that will have to be shipped out of the state. just to keep the poultry litter level status quo. If any of the additional poultry manure finds its way into groundwater, rivers, streams, ect, leading into the Inland Bays, it will only add to the existing pollution. At least 10% of the Nitrogen and Phosphorus will likely find its way into the groundwater and local surface waters.The removal of this poultry manure was paid for by the state. My question is; why would we the taxpayers pay the operating expenses of a private business. When I was in business, I certainly wasn’t allowed to send my operating expenses to the state for payment. After speaking to several people living in the Possum Point area, I found that most of the residents have not been using their well water since June of 2013 because of the level of contamination from hexavalent Chromium, cobalt and Nitrogen. Maria Payan, a resident of the contaminated area stated that, processing food on an already contaminated site without remedial action doesn’t make sense. Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee was quoted as saying, “we want to put a hundred factory farms in a 50 mile radius. Are Delawareans going to pay for removing all of that chicken manure also? No wonder Gov. Markell wants to make Delaware the “Tax state.” How will Sussex County attract tourist trade if the Inland Bays are polluted and Delaware has a reputation of not enforcing contamination and pollution standards.
After attending a meeting of the “Protect Our Indian River” group, I’ve got to wonder why Allen Harim would want to purchase this particular site for their next Delaware enterprise. , I have to address the off-site well testing of the residential areas adjacent to the Vlasic Pickle Brownfield site. Cobalt was detected in eight of the thirteen wells tested. Of those wells that tested positive for Cobalt, five were found to exceed the threshold of 4.7 micrograms per liter, which qualifies as a Superfund site. These test findings would lead one to believe that the contamination plume has already moved into the Possum Point residential area. Allen Harim applied to the Sussex County Board of Adjustments for a variance that would exempt them from “hazardous usage” and were granted that exemption. The only legal problem with this ruling by the Board of Adjustments is: Allen Harim did not own the property and has not yet purchased it. Pinnacle Foods, who currently owns the Brownfield site is far from bankrupt with a net worth of $2.3 Billion, according to Maria Payan, who spoke at the meeting. Delawareans should not have to shoulder the responsibility of paying to clean this Brownfield site up, because Vlasic Pickle decided to “cut and run, while the running was good.” Pinnacle Foods took the jobs elsewhere and left Delawareans to pick up the tab for their cleanup. Barry Goldman of Milsboro DE wrote: