Some residents of Page County, Va., have come out in opposition to a proposed electricity plant that would use poultry litter as a main fuel source, according to local paper Rocktown Weekly.
About 110 residents attended a recent work session that county supervisors held with Fibrowatt, the Pennsylvania company that would build and operate the plant, with a few people handing out stickers and literature in opposition to the proposal.
In the week prior to the meeting, the county board received questions from the public touching on environmental issues, the potential effect of the project on tourism, funding and other topics.
Terrence Walmsley, Fibrowatt’s vice president for environmental and public affairs, told the meeting that the plant would boost Virginia’s poultry industry, which employs 10,000 people. He said that a site has not yet been chosen for the plant and the company works with local governments to ensure that its plants are “as unobtrusive as possible” and in line with all environmental regulations.