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Local Residents Mount Last-Ditch Opposition to Rivian Plant

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Feb. 18, 2022—Residents near the site where EV startup Rivian plans to build a $5 billion manufacturing facility are trying to mount a last-minute opposition to stop the development of the plant.

The move is a long shot according to a report from The Detroit News, but a group of residents "that appears to enjoy the support of hundreds if not thousands" has raised more than $150,000 for its legal fund. The group has hired an environmental attorney to look into possible legal challenges.

Local officials are scheduled to vote in the coming weeks to rezone the 2,000-acre site eas of Atlanta that Rivian plans to use for industrial use. If approved, that would be one of the "final steps" necessary for the EV manufacturer to start construction.

Around 200 residents attended a meeting held by the region's Joint Development Authority on Jan. 25 to voice their opposition. Rivian has strong backing from state and local development authorities, with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp referring to the project as "the largest single economic development project in state history."

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