Lancaster Co. soybean processing plant opens despite pollution fears

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 25, 2017 3:34 PM

(Bainbridge) -- A large-scale soybean processing plant in Pennsylvania has opened despite community fears about possible air pollution.

Governor Tom Wolf and other officials on Monday marked the opening of the $60 million Perdue Agribusiness plant in Lancaster County.

The facility has faced opposition over emissions of a federally designated hazardous air pollutant, which regulators say can eventually cause central nervous system issues.

But state regulators signed off on the plant last year, saying it will operate under the most restrictive state and federal limits.

Officials say the facility will create 35 local jobs and will more than double the state's soybean processing capacity.

Farmers in the state produced almost 30 million bushels of soybeans in 2014, but most producers previously had to transport their crops to processing plants outside Pennsylvania.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's first large-scale, commercial soybean processing plant is now open in Lancaster County.

Governor Tom Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding were on hand for a ribbon cutting at the Perdue AgriBusiness plant in Conoy Township.

The $60 million project promises to create 35 full time jobs at the plant and hundreds more in the state's supply and distribution chain for agricultural products.

Most soybean producers previously had to transport their crops out of state for processing, then back to the state for sale. The new plant more than doubles the capacity for Pennsylvania-produced crops to be processed locally.

Governor Wolf called the plant "a game changer for farmers in Pennsylvania."

Perdue Agribusiness received an $8.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the commonwealth for the project. 

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