BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE
PO Box 88 ~
Glendale Springs, North Carolina 28629 ~ Phone
(336) 982-2691 ~ Fax (336) 982-2954 ~ Email:
For Immediate Release
February 17, 2010
David Mickey, cell 336-624-2412
Citizens Applaud Courts
Rejection Of Sampson Countys
Motion To Dismiss Fibrowatt Zoning
(Clinton, NC) The members of Citizens for a Safe
Environment, a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense
League, will proceed with their lawsuit against Sampson County
following a Superior Court decision on Monday. In ruling against
Sampson Countys motion to dismiss the groups
complaint, the court said that Citizens for a Safe Environment
has sufficient standing, has provided evidence of both unlawful
spot zoning and contract zoning, and that allegations
of capricious and arbitrary actions by the county are sufficient
for the case to move forward.
Citizens for a Safe Environment filed the complaint in October
2008 after the Sampson County Commissioners re-zoned property on
I-40 near Faison for a Fibrowatt poultry litter incinerator. The
2008 complaint cited the plants negative impacts to the
areas environment, nearby residents, their quality of life
and the local farm economy.
A spokesperson for the group, Deborah Kornegay, said, Im
very pleased with the results of Mondays court proceedings.
Its a step in the right direction for our state.
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has urged state
officials and legislators to eliminate a 2007 mandate to use
poultry waste for renewable energy.
Fibrowatt, operating as FibroCoast in Sampson County, intervened
in the complaint on behalf of the county. The controversial
company has also selected sites in Surry and Montgomery Counties
where they hope to burn thousands of tons of poultry waste to
generate electricity. Their only operating plant in the United
States, Fibrominn in Minnesota, encountered emissions problems in
2007 and was recently fined $65,000 by the pollution control
authorities in that state.
I hate to think what toxic emissions would do to our little
town which for the last three years has committed itself to
fostering fitness and wellness, said Ann Taylor of nearby
Faison. For her Mondays court decision reinforced that
commitment to health and the Citizens for a Safe Environments
opposition to pollution as well.