In at least 14 of the States of the Union, ethanol plants are facing all kind of challenges for their installation. Problems such as NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard), zoning board decisions, economic benefit questions, industry distrust, environmental concerns and water use issues. Opponents are also going to court for any number of reasons. This makes the process long and difficult, and adds litigation costs.
We have mentioned CT Biodiesel's proposal to build a huge biodiesel production plant in Suffield, Connecticut - and all the problems and dissatisfactions this process has generated - before. Basically, during an earlier meeting, company officials bored an angry public for three hours and didn't let citizens speak until 11 p.m.
The Government of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain has just announced that they aren't going to accept the installation of any CO2 storage facility in its territory until further notice.
The plant will produce more than 100 million gallons of ethanol annually, which is triple the output of a plant located in Portales, about 20 miles away. There residents complain of a yeasty odor. City officials blame it on discharges from the plant that fester in the Portales wastewater treatment plant. The new plant in Clovis expects to reuse its water.