The message was loud and clear.
More than 80 residents lined the sidewalks near Valdosta City Hall to argue against a biomass plant before Thursday night's city council meeting.
Protesters say the plant could bring in jobs and give the local economy a boost but says it will be harmful to the environment and people with health conditions such as asthma.
"Nobody in their right mind can possibly support a possible biomass plant that comes with all these risk," said Michael Noll.
"It has nothing to do with me. We're under contract with a company which is great news, 99.99-percent of the people in South Georgia actually understand this project and it's impact on the environment and economy," said Industrial Authority Executive Director Brad Lofton.
Here in my hand is a list of some of the 500 residents that are saying no to the biomass plant and if you take a look behind me these posters are speaking for themselves.
But inside the city council chambers residents didn't hold their tongues.
"If we're going to pray to God and believe in God we trust and all of that. I think we need to ask God are we making the right decision about bringing the biomass plant to Valdosta," said a resident.
Residents say with the recent promotion of Lofton they hope the city council will finally hear them out, and not bringing the plant to town.
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