Nebraska advances 1 million dollars for the study of an ethanol plant in difficulty | Health, Medicine and Fitness
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska could spend up to $1 million to study the long-term health and environmental consequences of a troubled ethanol plant under a bill lawmakers have passed. advanced on Thursday.
Lawmakers approved the measure in the first round by a 34-4 vote.
State Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue’s proposal would allow University of Nebraska researchers to continue existing work around the AltEn plant near Mead, about 37 miles west of Omaha.
The plant has a long story environmental issues and sparked complaints from Mead residents shortly after it opened in 2015.
The plant was established to process old seed corn containing pesticides that is unsuitable as an animal feed supplement. State regulators say the facility has repeatedly failed to clean up polluted sewage and follow other environmental orders.
The bill was part of a package to recruit more behavioral health professionals to parts of the state that need them.
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