New ethanol plants face an old problem - NIMBY
Setting up facilities like the one pictured above in small rural towns can cause a significant increase in traffic and noise. The plants also bring new emissions that some residents fear could taint other local products and produce a rather nasty smell. There is also the not insignificant issue of water demand (see exampes #1, #2, and #3). Producing ethanol from corn consumes a lot of water. That's water that the local residents need for their own use not to mention irrigation for their crops. It looks like the honeymoon may be over for corn ethanol. The cellulosic ethanol developers better get cracking.
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