Seafood Waste Recycling Plant Opens Under Shadow Of Spill

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. — Nearly 50 people gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a seafood waste recycling plant Thursday even as the massive Gulf oil slick continued to threaten local livelihoods.

Several members of the Gulf Coast Agriculture and Seafood Cooperative, which spearheaded the recycling plant, acknowledged that the worst oil spill in U.S. history could affect the facility, at least temporarily.

Walton Kraver, chief executive officer of Jubilee Foods and chairman of the cooperative, expressed hope that the plant would be a moneymaker for the public-private group "if we get back in business."

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