Mountaire Farms and elected officials told a gathering last night that they do not believe the poultry company is responsible for high levels of nitrates in wells near Millsboro.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that Mountaire Executive Vice President Michael Tirrell told the audience that he believe science will back up that claim.
He added that the company is willing to pay for drilling deep wells for property owners affected by groundwater contamination.
Meanwhile, Mountaire is designing a new wastewater facility with additional tanks to handle the flow.
But the claims were met with silence or laughter by the audience.
The News Journal reports that local resident Barry Rogers told officials that he did not find the claim credible since the area had not had this problem before.