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Seed companies form a coalition to purify contaminated waste at the Nebraska Ethanol Plant | 2021-06-14

Six seed companies have formed a coalition to apply for pollution cleanup at the currently non-operational AltEn ethanol plant near Mead, Nebraska.

The AltEn Facility Response Group (AgReliant Genetics, Bayer US, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Corteva Agriscience, Syngenta Seeds, WinField Solutions) has created a Nebraska voluntary cleanup to clean up the contaminated waste generated after AltEn used seed corn. I applied for the program. It is treated with pesticides to produce ethanol.

by Urgent complaints and orders Published by the Nebraska Department of the Environment and Energy (NDEE) on February 20, AltEn produced both wastewater and distilled grains containing “high levels” of pesticide residues. The AltEn plant was closed in February.

“This is a positive step towards implementing the long-term response required at this facility,” said Ed Chu, Deputy Regional Manager for Regional 7 of the Environmental Protection Agency. .. release.. He said local EPA officials would continue to “provide support and assistance to the NDEE” so that pollution could be “appropriately and completely dealt with.”

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According to the release, The Union will continue “provisional corrective actions” in the field and work on the formulation of corrective action plans for long-term cleanup. This Action Plan will first be subject to public notice and comment, and then subject to NDEE review and approval.

According to the announcement, since February 12, the coalition will voluntarily purify by adjusting the level of the wastewater lagoon and managing the “environmental impact of wet cakes and waste” mainly through containment and rainwater management. Has supported.

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https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/16035-seed-companies-form-coalition-to-clean-up-contaminated-waste-at-nebraska-ethanol-plant Seed companies form a coalition to purify contaminated waste at the Nebraska Ethanol Plant | 2021-06-14

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