– by Marielle Mohs, March 2, 2016, KTHV
A town hall meeting got pretty heated on Wednesday night in Maumelle.
Many angry citizens voiced their concerns about a proposed ethanol storage facility that would store 4.2 million gallons of ethanol and cost about $12 million. It would take about nine months to complete.
“When the high school and middle school went into the industrial park, I never thought it was a great idea to have them that close to a rail spur,” said Preston Lewis, Maumelle Alderman, who’s against the proposed project.
Green Plains, along with Delek, drew out the plans for a proposed ethanol distribution facility.
“We only need to look down the road at Mayflower at what happened there a few years ago,” said Lewis.
Wednesday’s town hall meeting posed a lot of “what if” questions with people concerned about a disaster plan, if a fire happened at the site.
“Very hazardous material with a reputation for causing a lot of damage and explosions. I think you have a challenge, especially with the school being within such
close proximity,” said Lewis.
One of the concerns the community has about this proposed plant, is that it’s so close to Maumelle High School, approximately 1,400 feet away.