WBEZ | ethanol http://www.wbez.org/tags/ethanol Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The 2012 Farm Bill opens up for debate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/2012-farm-bill-opens-debate-95388 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-09/farm3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Once every five years, Congress negotiates a new version of the Farm Bill, which plays a defining role in how we eat. This single piece of legislation sets the agenda for five years of government spending on food, impacting everything from food assistance programs to school lunches, crop subsidies, organic farming and conservation. Farmers in the U.S. and around the world follow the bill with rapt attention, as U.S. subsidies are a make or break economic issue for many.</p><p><em>Worldview</em> discusses what might and might not make it into the 2012 legislation with <a href="http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Marion_Nestle" target="_blank">Marion Nestle,</a> professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. She writes the blog <em><a href="http://www.foodpolitics.com/" target="_blank">Food Politics</a></em>. Her upcoming book is <em>Why Calories Count: from Science to Politics</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-09/2012-farm-bill-opens-debate-95388 Residents return home after train derailment http://www.wbez.org/story/residents-return-home-after-train-derailment-92972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-08/AP111007020055.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The remaining residents of a small northern Illinois village are being allowed to return to their homes after a train derailment that forced a mandatory evacuation.</p><p>All 800 Tiskilwa residents could come back as of Saturday afternoon.</p><p>A freight train loaded with ethanol crashed and exploded near the village's northeast side early Friday. Witnesses said the resulting explosions shook them awake before dawn and sent bright orange flames and plumes of smoke into the sky.</p><p>National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Tim Depaepe said there were no visible flames from the crash Saturday. But he said smoldering may force officials to reissue an evacuation order.</p><p>There are no injuries or casualties reported. The cause of the crash is under investigation.</p><p>Tiskilwa is located about 100 miles west of Chicago.</p></p> Sat, 08 Oct 2011 22:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/residents-return-home-after-train-derailment-92972 Freight train derailment sparks fire, forces evacuation http://www.wbez.org/content/freight-train-derailment-sparks-fire-forces-evacuation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-07/trainfire.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-07/trainfire-span.jpg" title="Rail cars lie in a smoldering heap after a freight train loaded with ethanol, crashed and exploded Friday. (AP)" width="630" height="401"></p><p>A fiery freight train derailment in north-central Illinois sent up bright orange flames and plumes of smoke that could be seen miles away, and has forced authorities to evacuate residents of the small community of Tiskilwa.</p><p>The Bureau County sheriff's office says the train derailed early Friday. Resident Amanda Knight says the explosions she heard sounded "like a jet coming over the town."</p><p>Mick Burkart of Iowa Interstate Railroad says 26 cars on the 131-car train derailed, including seven to nine loaded with ethanol, which Capt. Steve Haywood of the Ottawa Fire Department says was being shipped by Decatur-based corn processor Archer Daniels Midland.</p><p>There's been no immediate word about any injuries related to the derailment. Authorities say the town's evacuees are being taken to Princeton High School.</p><p>The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is responding to the scene of the derailment. EPA spokeswoman Maggie Carson says the representative heading to Tiskilwa intends to make sure waterways and the environment are protected. Carson says that what's known about the derailment so far suggests that fumes will burn off and there won't be long-term effects for residents.</p><p>Tiskilwa is a village of about 800 people that's located about 100 miles west of Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/freight-train-derailment-sparks-fire-forces-evacuation Northwest Indiana county won’t own ethanol plant http://www.wbez.org/story/ethanol/northwest-indiana-county-won%E2%80%99t-own-ethanol-plant <p><p><br />Lake County, Indiana, won&rsquo;t be in the business of owning an ethanol plant after all.</p><p>The county&rsquo;s solid waste management board voted Thursday night to allow the developer, Powers Energy of America, to own the facility.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody is more confident of what we&rsquo;re doing now,&rdquo; board chair Gerry Scheub said following the meeting in Crown Point. &ldquo;Everyone&rsquo;s a little more relaxed now.&rdquo;</p><p>The Evansville, Indiana-based Powers Energy of America proposed building the $250 million plant in Lake County more than three years ago. From the very start, the county planned to own the facility because that could guarantee the plant would receive a steady supply of trash from local municipalities. Right now that trash heads to landfills.</p><p>But in recent months, member of the public, and even an elected official, voiced concern about the county&rsquo;s financial liability if things didn&rsquo;t work out.</p><p>County sheriff, Roy Dominguez, was the loudest of the naysayers. Dominguez drew the wrath of union tradesmen who felt the sheriff&rsquo;s opposition to county ownership would jeopardize hundreds of temporary construction jobs.</p><p>Dominguez said he was never against the project-- just the county&rsquo;s ownership of it.</p><p>He praised the board&rsquo;s decision to let Powers Energy of America own the plant outright.</p><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s very positive for our community because now we&rsquo;re now subject to any legal or financial exposure,&rdquo; Dominguez said.</p><p>But loss of ownership also means loss of control at the plant, said Jeffrey Langbehn, director of the county&rsquo;s solid waste management district.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have ownership and therefore we don&rsquo;t have liability. We also lose a measure of control,&rdquo; Langbehn said. &ldquo;With ownership, in the event the facility is not being run properly, I walk in and seize the plant. It&rsquo;s mine. I don&rsquo;t have that luxury now. I have to use a different legal mechanism that is much longer and more burdensome.&rdquo;</p><p>No one from Powers Energy attended the meeting.</p><p>At a sometimes heated and packed meeting a month ago, Earl Powers, owner of the company, said he wanted to own the plant. Certain provisions of the county&rsquo;s altered agreement to allow Powers to own the plant still need to be worked out with the company.</p></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 05:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ethanol/northwest-indiana-county-won%E2%80%99t-own-ethanol-plant