Kentucky biodiesel plant plans hit local snag

| 12/6/2005

Plans for a biodiesel plant in Louisville, KY, have run into stiff opposition from residents who live near the proposed site, forcing the company involved to put those plans on hold.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported the U.S. Farmers Bio-Industries in Dry Ridge, KY, has temporarily halted plans to build a plant in the western part of town until questions about it can be answered.

The move came after more than 40 residents attended a public hearing before the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment to protest the plant.

While the company maintains that the plant would not hurt the environment, residents say they are concerned about potential odors, chemical emissions and increased truck traffic.

The Courier-Journal reported that residents were particularly upset about the fact they had received no notice from the city about the plant.

The company applied Friday, Dec. 2, for the air pollution permits it needs, but the head of the Metro Air Pollution Control District told The Courier-Journal that it will take at least two weeks to review those permits for approval.