OPPOSITION: Local residents
BACKGROUND: In February 2007, Emerald Renewable Energy, a Cargill subsidiary, proposed a $200 million ethanol plant outside Topeka, Kansas. The plant would have been built on 300 acres northwest of Topeka and would have produced 100 million gallons of ethanol a year.
The proposed plant generated opposition from residents who feared it would create pollution, increase traffic, deplete groundwater and cause their property values to drop. On February 28, 2008, Emerald announced that it had suspended plans to construction the facility, citing poor market conditions.
Last updated November 15, 2010