Public meeting on AltEn Ethanol scheduled in Mead



A burst pipe late last week in a 4 million-gallon digester tank at the AltEn Ethanol plant near Mead sent liquid manure and thin stillage, a byproduct of the ethanol manufacturing process, into waterways and culverts up to 4 miles from the plant.




The Saunders County Board of Supervisors scheduled a public meeting concerning the AltEn Ethanol plant for 7 p.m. on March 1.

The meeting will be in the gymnasium at Mead High School.

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy has ordered the plant closed, but issues are ongoing. 

“The issues are not going to stop just because the plant has stopped producing,” Saunders County Attorney Joe Dobesh said during a board meeting on Feb. 9.  

A pipe burst on a 4 million-gallon digester tank late last week, releasing waste material into the waterways and culverts more than 4 miles from the plant, according to the department.

The department said the discharge appears to have stopped, and waste has not reached the Platte River to the southeast. Emergency response staff is on site daily to monitor the situation and cleanup efforts, the department said.


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