Officials in Nash County, N.C., have increased funds to defend poultry processor Sanderson Farms from a lawsuit that would prevent the company from establishing a chicken processing plant in the area.


The facility, which would include 500 broiler houses, 24 pullet houses and 48 hen houses, has the support of Nash County because it would bring 1,100 jobs into the area, which currently suffers from a high unemployment rate. The plant is under fire from residents of Raleigh and other communities because of wastewater from the facility that might flow into the Neuse River; the river supplies the area's drinking water.