STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Concerned Citizens of Turner County
BACKGROUND: The proposed plant, to be located near Sycamore, is expected to cost $90 million, create 50 jobs and produce 50 million gallons of corn-based ethanol a year. South Georgia farmers are expected to produce about half the plant's annual corn needs.
The project was granted a permit, but the siting process consumed a year, while opposition mounted from Sycamore residents who voiced concerns at the permit hearing over diminished property values, traffic, water contamination, pollution and public safety. Groundbreaking was targeted for late 2008.
SOURCES: Tifton Gazette: http://www.tiftongazette.com/local/local_story_340191752.html; http://www.tiftongazette.com/opinion/local_story_002221358.html;
Cordele Dispatch: http://www.cordeledispatch.com/local/local_story_009193554.html;
Georgia Trend: http://www.georgiatrend.com/features-economic-development/04_08_ey_sw.shtml;
Walb News: http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?s=7597165&clienttype=printable;
The Stallion: http://www.thestalliononline.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=ba97354e-957c-46b4-9648-d8831fdd51d1
Last updated November 10, 2010