POIR to host workshop to discuss health impact

Although Judge Richard F. Stokes has upheld a Sussex County Board of Adjustment decision to grant a special-use exception to Allen Harim Foods for the renovation and utilization of the former Pinnacle Foods plant outside of Millsboro as a chicken processing plant, some Millsboro-area residents are still concerned about how the plant could affect their health.

This Saturday, July 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., The citizens’ group Protecting Our Indian River (POIR), along with Maria Payan of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, will hold a public meeting at the Indian River Senior Center to discuss area pollution.

A Rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was conducted by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health “to analyze the potential health impacts of the Harim Millsboro plant and create a report to provide more information to the community and stakeholders about the health status of residents in Millsboro and the status of air and water pollution.”

HIA is a method of assessing the potential effects of a policy, plan, program or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population.

At the meeting, a presentation will be given by Leah Graves of the University of Maryland, with a question-and-answer session to follow.

The Indian River Senior Center is located at 214 Irons Avenue in Millsboro.