Sumner County residents voice concerns over proposed biofuel plant

August 16, 2018 - 4:32 am

Sumner County residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night over a proposal to build a biofuel plant.

John Bristor, Planning, Zoning and Environmental Health Director for Sumner County says a rural area near Belle Plaine is where a Michigan company is hoping to build the plant, which will take wheat straw and convert it into clean natural gas that will be piped into a pipeline that's already on the property.  

The company proposing to build the plant, VNW, says 100 new jobs could be added to the area, but local residents have concerns and are not totally behind the project. Some say it will be an eyesore and bring unwanted extra traffic, while others are concerned with the impact it will have on the nearby Ninnescah River. 

The county planning commission delayed voting on the project Wednesday and will revisit the issue on September 26.

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