OPPOSITION: Kankakee Valley Stop the Ethanol Plant (KV -STEP)
PROSPECTS: Highly Unlikely
BACKGROUND: BioEnergy proposed a $62 million waste-to-ethanol refinery in San Pierre, Indiana, with the potential to produce 27 million gallons of ethanol per year. BioEnergy originally planned to open the facility in the first quarter of 2009.
On November 15, 2007, the Starke County Board of Zoning Appeals granted a conditional use permit for the construction of the facility. Three weeks later, on December 6, 2007, the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation, representing the NIMBY group opposing the project, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Circuit Court of Starke County. It sought judicial review of the Board of Zoning's decision and requested the court enter an Order declaring the decision improper, contrary to law and void as a matter of law because the Board of Zoning approved the conditional use, in violation of county ordinance and state law and without consideration of how the ethanol plant would affect the master plan of the county and the public's health, safety and welfare.
On September 25, 2008, BioEnergy announced it would not build the proposed plant. The NIMBY opposition group declared victory on their website and cite the lawsuit as the primary factor in killing the project.
SOURCES: Medill Reports: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=75689&print=1
NWI News: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/article_c8b7f5d6-2a04-568e-b6b1-6c78877121e6.html
LEAF’s petition for Writ of Certiorari: http://www.leafindiana.org/DownloadableContentHandler.ashx?mediaId=b995569e-7a52-4701-8190-926a49b8f003
BioEnergy Letter: http://www.leafindiana.org/DownloadableContentHandler.ashx?mediaId=2b85adef-5b23-4474-9a58-088bf2e47b08
Last updated November 15, 2010