The Nebraska Attorney General's Office sued AltEn on Monday after the troubled ethanol plant failed to meet a deadline to remove pesticide-laden waste product from its property.
"I cannot tell you that every family in our community has clean water to drink and every farmer's field is not contaminated," Saunders County Attorney Joe Dobesh said.
A frozen pipe on a 4 million gallon tank at AltEn burst last week, releasing a combination of manure and thin stillage -- a byproduct of ethanol manufacturing -- that traveled more than 4 miles downstream, according to state officials.
Residents of Mead, which is about 12 miles west of Omaha’s city limits, say they fear that the plant's waste is causing health problems, contaminating the land and harming wildlife.
Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the Feb. 11, 2020 publication of The Columbus Telegram.
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