Ethanol Plant in Sparta

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trishkwis

Beaver Dam, WI

#1 Jan 27, 2007
Do all of you want a huge ethanol plant, stacks, noise, trucks and more next to your golf course, ball fields, swimming pools? There are other locations that have been scouted which will benefit Sparta, so why not use them instead of crowding it in the city?
And why is this being kept below the radar? All the citizens of Sparta should know and have their say.
rlh

Spooner, WI

#2 Feb 14, 2007
THIS ETHANOL PLANT IS A GOOD THING FOR SPARTA. IT WILL HELP ALOT OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA. IT WILL NOT AFFECT THE GOLF COURSE OR THE POOL OR PARK. IM A GOLFER TO AND I GO TO THE PARK AND WATCH THE BALL GAMES. I AM ALL FOR THE ETHANOL PLANT. GOOD JOBS AND GOOD CORN PRICES FOR THE FARMER.
rlh

Spooner, WI

#3 Feb 14, 2007
i dont know why it says im from clear lake im from sparta.
lka

Spooner, WI

#4 Feb 15, 2007
i think the idea of a ethanol plant in sparta is a good idea. will create good jobs. this town needs good jobs. will also help the farmers out. im for it all the way.
Another DTR

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Feb 18, 2007
The farmers will still have to sell their corn to the brokers who will then sell it to the plants. They won't benefit anymore by being local because they CAN'T SELL DIRECTLY TO THE PLANT
dcj

Paso Robles, CA

#6 Feb 20, 2007
You really believe that? How much time have you spent actually investigating the effects of an Ethanol Plant? The problem in this world are those who simply follow the statements of others rather than investigating the truths themselves.
rlh wrote:
THIS ETHANOL PLANT IS A GOOD THING FOR SPARTA. IT WILL HELP ALOT OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA. IT WILL NOT AFFECT THE GOLF COURSE OR THE POOL OR PARK. IM A GOLFER TO AND I GO TO THE PARK AND WATCH THE BALL GAMES. I AM ALL FOR THE ETHANOL PLANT. GOOD JOBS AND GOOD CORN PRICES FOR THE FARMER.
concerned

Verona, WI

#7 Feb 20, 2007
The 35-40 jobs and benefits to farmers will still exist if the plant is built outside the city. The potential risks to the residents aren't worth it when the plant can be located elsewhere.

Also, there are plants proposed in Reedsburg and WI Rapids and one being built in Necedah. If all the proposed plants are built, they will require more corn then WI currently produces. I am all for farmers getting better prices, but what happens to the beef, pork, chicken farmers who have to pay those higher prices also. That additional cost will be passed down to the consumer.

Ethanol is not the answer to independence from foreign oil, it is just one small part of the equation. Plus, the energy benefits are negated by how much the plant will contribute to the green house effect. This plant will put out as much carbon as a coal power plant.
Another DTR

Saint James, MO

#8 Feb 20, 2007
dcj- Yes, I've done the research and I've been investigating the effects for quite a while. I don't make these claims without doing the research.

This IS NOT a good thing for a community - especially one who HAS TO PAY $1 million to get it. So now the citizens have to pay to get a REFINERY??? How, exactly will they benefit from it?

These ethanol companies are making money hand over fist with all the subsidies they are getting from the government (YOU & I ALREADY) they would not survive without them.

The farmers CANNOT sell directly to the ethanol company.

Communities do understand that this promise of jobs is INFLATED & NOT WORTH THE HEALTH RISK. A lot of refineries in Iowa are built in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE! Let that be the lesson!
dcj

Paso Robles, CA

#9 Feb 20, 2007
Another DTR - I am with you on this - believe me you DO NOT WANT this thing on the banks of the east side of Sparta! I was responding to rhl's comments. It is depressing knowing, however, the decisions in Sparta usually follow money rather than community.
Another DTR

Saint James, MO

#10 Feb 20, 2007
Thanks, dcj - Sorry, I thought you were asking that of me!

SPARTA CITIZENS YOU MUST GET YOURSELVES ORGANIZED.

Get the word out that an additional $43 per year tax benefit will only be given to you IF THEY CHOOSE TO GIVE IT TO YOU. You're already losing that money with your local government PAYING $1 MILLION TO THE ETHANOL COMPANY. It's not coming out of their pockets! Get the word out, who's paying for that?

Who's going to pay for the roads that will need repair or upgrade to handle the increased truck traffic?

Who's going to pay for the upgrade/repairs to any railroad, crossings, etc.?

Who will put, IN WRITING, THE TRUE BENEFITS YOU WILL BE RECEIVING.

There are plenty of good citizens who are up in arms about this throughout the state - get on the internet - do research! Here's a great place to start - they've practically done all the work for you! http://www.c4aqe.org

They are Cambria, WI residents and the residents of THE TOWN OF DOVER ARE GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR THEIR RESEARCH! We are fighting this, too. We have to stick together!
Another DTR

Saint James, MO

#11 Feb 20, 2007
Sorry, that was a good site for Pennsylvania

Here's the site for Cambria!

http://homepage.mac.com/oscura/ctd/ctd.html
Dover Resident

Madison, WI

#12 Feb 26, 2007
Here are sites containing a letter from residents who are living with these stinking, polluting and noisy plants on a daily basis:

Monroe, WI woman
http://www.c4aqe.org/ODORS/resident_testimony...

Illinois woman:

http://www.c4aqe.org/Documents/heidi_lena_iIl...

Another noise creator are the generators that will get started up if there is any lapse in electrical power to the plant. These are very large generators that make a lot of noise.
There is also a 2.5 mile immediate evacuation zone if there is an ethanol spill, fire, or explosion. At a 5 mile radius, everyone must remain inside until the plume of air can be monitored.
Plant investors will say that there are no emissions -- then why do they need emission permits from the EPA/DNR? They say it smells like baking bread -- NO baking bread, it stinks.
There are groups all over Wisconsin and other states fighting the building of more ethanol plants.
RSB

La Crosse, WI

#13 Jul 12, 2007
Its not as much the ethanol plant in Sparta is a bad location, as is the way our city board members have tried to railroad this whole project through. People have been lied to, century foods, one of sparta's largest businesses has has been all but told we don't want them here, a petition signed by over 1000 residents was thrown out, ordinences were quickly changed for the benefit of the plant emissions, etc.etc. We all know there are just a few greedy investors on our board that stand to cash in on this. they should run for the white house.
Concerned

Winfield, AL

#14 Jul 16, 2007
I personally have very negative feelings for the entire indea of the plant itself and feel that if the people of Sparta would not just sit on their butts and complain; but, rather do something about it they maybe able to make positive changes. There have been numerous town meetings were there have been but a hand full of people in opposition to the plant. Stand up for what you want, don't just complain about it online.
5 generation resident

Columbia, MO

#15 Aug 2, 2007
It's a shame that all our city administration really cares about is the jingle in their pockets. Sparta was once a very pretty rural town, quiet and friendly. this administration has, in the name of collecting more taxes, destroyed our rural atmosphere, raised property taxes to the point of being higher than in Hawaii, destroyed more local woodland than fires, and now plans to put the final nail in the coffin with this ridiculous political tax stealing scam they call an ethanol plant. Local Angelo leaders acting like Sparta's pet to allow the annexing of any properties they want, some lifelong residents lost their properties already. Thinking of buying a home here? THINK AGAIN!!! This is wrong, morally and legally in anyones mind who has a heart. The CARE Nightmare. Yeah, they care about your money, thats all. Go Away.
DNR

United States

#16 Aug 5, 2007
The DNR has approved permits for the ethanol factory to be located right in the city of Sparta Wi. Less than 1/2 mile from parks, 2 schools, perch lake, LaCrosse river, golf course, and many private homes. This is proof that even the DNR can be bought!!! What a kick in the head to the residents of Sparta. Research the ethanol pollution issues yourself, just type ethanol pollution in search and read, and read, and read.
What

Hixton, WI

#17 Aug 8, 2007
A huge ethanol factory within a mile of a city? What sort of a lame brained idiot could even dream up such a ridiculous idea??? Are you prepared to evacuate half of your city in case of a problem with spills or a fire, do you have any idea what damage is possible if something were to go wrong? Did you see the explosions in Dallas Texas recently? Why don't you build a nuclear reactor there too while you are at it?

Since: Aug 07

Sparta, WI

#18 Aug 12, 2007
I am currently writing an argumentative essay in college on the proposed ethanol plant. I urge everyone in Sparta to take a serious look into ethanol before they decide on this location. I have went to government and non government sites to search this. Needless to say, I am still very opposed to the location. If you live in Sparta, or know anyone who does, please urge them to think for themselves, and really research the issue.

Since: Aug 07

Sparta, WI

#19 Aug 12, 2007
Not sure why it says LaCrosse, I live in Sparta :)
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United States

#20 Aug 12, 2007
A huge majority of Sparta citizens do not, nor ever did want the ethanol plant here. It's a very few people who have money invested in the project who are doing anything they can to push the plant in here. It just so happens those people are our own city planning commission and board members who have this crazy idea that they know what is best for the people. Sparta citizens have no say in the matter,Ignored by their own officials.

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