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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 11:19am

Imperial Sugar Wants Tax Break For Rebuilding

Updated: 6 years ago.
The Imperia Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth exploded in 2008, leaving 14 people killed. (photo U.S. Chemical Safety Board)

Imperial Sugar officials want Chatham County taxpayers to give the company an almost $3 million tax break for rebuilding parts of the sugar refinery that exploded two years ago.

Fourteen people died in the blast.

The company is asking for breaks under a Georgia law that gives companies tax relief as an incentive to create new jobs and boost revenue.

The refinery, however, isn't employing more people nor producing more sugar than it did before the explosion.

Chatham County tax officials say, they're still reviewing the request.