A Beaufort County based coalition against bringing a jellyfish processing plant to their area is making waves.
StoptheJellyBalls.com wants to keep the company, Carolina Jelly Balls, from moving into an empty warehouse in Seabrook.
The company would use the warehouse to process jellyfish and ship them to Asia, where they are a delicacy. However, the coalition worries that company will use a pipe on site to discharge chemicals and jelly ball parts which could be deadly to the environment.
The group of neighbors and seafood business owners are coming together to try to stop the plant from coming to be.
On Sunday, about 50 people met and discussed the science behind the dumping the company lists on its wastewater application in with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
"Beaufort has got a really pristine waterway. Our ACE basin is right there. It's nationally recognized. Tourism is our second biggest industry. People come here because they want a good southern living, lowcountry living, and clean water, and I just don't see the smell, the pollution...that's not something we need to be known for," Frank Roberts of Lady's Island Oysters says.
Roberts lead the discussion on Sunday afternoon.
He hopes to next meet with lawmakers, and county leaders to further the discussion on the impact such a plant could have on Beaufort County. The group anticipates a town hall meeting before DHEC, before the company becomes licensed to move to the Seabrook location.
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