Last week I wrote about a corn ethanol plant would use waste coal for process energy and has been proposed for a small town in Pennsylvania. As I mentioned in that post, the proposed site for the ethanol plant, being developed by Sunnyside Ethanol, is right next door to the town's school. Turns out it's the combined elementary and high school and by right next door, I meant abutting.
Unfortunately, the questions remain. Why would anyone want to build an ethanol plant that can't comply with the new GHG standards in the renewable fuel standard and why would anyone finance such a project? I've got some meetings in the works with experts involved in the finance side and hope to have answers soon.
Pam Sheeder, the fearless leader of the local group (Citizens for a Clean Curwensville) fighting the project sent me these two pictures to help show just how close the project is to the town's school.