WAVE 3 News Editorial - January 14, 2016: Biodigester

WAVE 3 News Editorial - January 14, 2016: Biodigester

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Community activism is alive and well in Louisville and that only makes a community better.

Anaerobic digesters are a new energy technology that appear to be safe and environmentally friendly. But the plan from STAR BioEnergy and Heavy Hill to put the biodigester at the corner of 17th and Maple Streets in the California neighborhood of West Louisville was not welcomed by the community and they made their feelings known.

The company pulled the $40 million project from that location as a result. The digester would have taken food, grains and other organic waste from the Heaven Hill Distillery and surrounding area to create sustainable natural gas for power.

We hope the company finds a new home for the methane gas plant in our region and brings this green technology here.

Nearly 2,000 anaerobic digesters are in the United States now. But it is important that it is built with community buy-in.

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