Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Appeals Court: Lawmakers Should Decide Impact of Ethanol Plants on Environment

Webster County residents lose their appeal to try to stop an ethanol plant from being built on a 252-acre plot between Rogersville and Fordland.
AND in its 37-page opinion the Appeals Court writes that public policy issues related to the "efficacy of ethanol, the propriety of land-use planning, or the conservation of our natural resources are beyond the scope of our appellate function and inquiry and are rightfully left to appropriate legislative bodies and executive agencies for consideration and determination."

The plaintiffs plan to appeal as high as the state Supreme Court.
Webster County has no planning or zoning laws.
Parties involved say they may lobby lawmakers for legislation that would limit the amount of water a company could use before adversely impacting the surrounding area.

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