Kansas Residents Still Concerned Over Poultry Plant Issue

Pollution and Strain On Local Infrastructure

July 01, 2018 - 8:13 pm

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — A city in eastern Kansas is still seeing political changes after plans for a massive chicken processing plant caused uproar last year.

KCUR-FM reports that the $300 million Tyson project planned for the outskirts of Tonganoxie was canceled after residents protested the pollution and the strains on local infrastructure they expected the facility would bring.

Republican Rep. Jim Karleskint of Tonganoxie drafted a bill that would have given locals more say about proposed poultry operation. He says residents are still anxious about the issue.

Democrat Stuart Sweeney says Tyson is one of the reasons he decided to run for the Statehouse. Stuart is challenging Republican Rep. Willie Dove.

Dove says he initially didn't take a stance on the project because he wanted more information. He ultimately opposed it.

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