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Ethanol Plant May Come to Northwest Indiana

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Officials in Northwest Indiana have already Ok’d the construction of a facility that will turn garbage into ethanol. But finding a suitable site may come with some challenges.

Powers Energy One says its facility will employ up to 100 people and will process 4,000-10,000 tons of garbage per day, transforming it into ethanol.

Exactly where in Lake County the plant will be built hasn’t been decided.

Reverend Dwight Gardner of Gary hopes the facility won’t be built in his city, or in neighboring Hammond or East Chicago.

GARDNER: The rim cities of Lake Michigan should not be the trash processing center for the Midwest.

Gardner says he doesn’t want trash to be hauled in from outside of Lake County, and he worries about pollution.

A county official says the facility will be clean and state-of-the-art.

The company and county are looking at various sites to locate the plant.

The selected city will still need to sign-off on the location.

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