Anyone who has ever lived anywhere near an ethanol plant will tell you these facilities emit odors into the air. Internet searches turn up numerous articles of outraged citizens trying to endure the presence of nearby ethanol plants. Even the Nebraska Ethanol Board admits this on page 16 of its latest ethanol plant guide, available from: www.ne-ethanol.org/
Recent reports on this matter have shown us there is some difference of opinion regarding the odor these facilities emit. Proposed ethanol and bio-diesel plants would have the potential to severely impact the lives of the citizens of Clovis and the surrounding area.
This issue is too important not to be explored further and discussed. A group of city leaders made a trip to an ethanol plant in Nebraska recently. I suggest that a second trip to the Nebraska facility be conducted. Only this time, a diverse group of community officials and citizens should make the trip so this matter can clear up some of the questions.
Wind needs taken into account
I have been studying the controversy regarding the ethanol plant that will join city limits on the Southwest edge of Clovis. I live two miles from the proposed facility. Anyone that has lived in this area knows we have a predominant Southwestern wind that will carry the smell, dust and pollution of the plant all over town.
I read an article in the CNJ that reported five Clovis officials traveled to Central City, Neb.
City Manager Joe Thomas stated that town’s plant did not have a detectable odor.
One lady said the plant had a sweet smell. (Personally I like the smell of fresh air with no odor.)
Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said his concerns were alleviated as the smell compared to that of feed from a feed yard. I have been in the cattle business my entire life and am quite familiar with the smells associated with a feed yard. Anyone who drives to Amarillo should recognize the smells associated with a feed yard. Feed yards have strong odors, unless you own the cattle, then it smells like money — as this facility will for its owners.
I looked at a location map of the ethanol plant in Central City, Neb. The plant is actually located 1 1/2 miles from the east side of town downwind from the community, not upwind from the community, like the plant being proposed in Clovis.