Gov. Ricketts addresses complaint filed against Nebraska ethanol plant

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, July 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts discussed a lawsuit that alleges environmental violations against an ethanol plant during his press conference on Monday morning.

According to a press release from Attorney General Doug Peterson, a complaint was filed in Saunders County that alleges AltEn, LLC violated Nebraska Environmental Protection Act, Integrated Solid Waste Management Act, and permit conditions.

“This is a company that is terribly managed and has demonstrated that consistent lack of compliance with the directions of our environmental laws and our department of environment and the energy,” said Governor Ricketts in regard to the lawsuit.

AltEn was permitted to produce ethanol using field corn, however, the release said Alt En was using discarded treated seed corn rather than normal field corn. The treated seed made contaminated byproduct which contaminated distillers grains and wastewater.

The Department of Agriculture determined the distiller’s grain contained pesticides.

Watch the conference above.

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