Packed house in opposition of Sumner County biofuels plant

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

More than 100 people packed into a Sumner County zoning board meeting Wednesday night, many of them opposing a proposed biofuel plant.

The VNA Corporation is asking for an area north of Wellington to be rezoned, so a biofuel plant can go in.

That was the last item on the agenda, and the president of VNA spoke for about 45 minutes, taking questions from board members. Some of those questions addressed concerns of residents about the 50 million gallons of ground water the factory will use each year.

The company will have to run tests to see if there is enough water to support the plant. The president of VNA said e has no interest in the plant in Sumner County if there isn’t enough water.

The zoning board did not take a vote on the issue. It will take up the issue again next month. If the board votes yes, the issue will head to Sumner County commissioners next.

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