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Company drops plans to build methane plant near proposed food hub

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A company that planned to build a $40 million methane plant powered by decomposing food waste from a proposed food hub in west Louisville has decided not to proceed with its plans.

"We heard a rising level of concern and as a result we decided to removed it from our master plan for the project," said Seed Capital Kentucky co-founder Stephen Reily.

Nature’s Methane, an affiliate of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Star Energy Holdings, had planned a methane plant at the food hub that would employ about 10 people. It was one of two such projects planned for Louisville, with the other at 17th and Maple Streets, which is less than a block away from a school.

"Do not try to dump on west Louisville.  We've been dumped on enough.  I don't know why administration is so bent on bringing something that could be a danger to children to families to everybody.  We need to make sure they do not come into a residential area.  The fight is not over," said Metro Council District 3 representative Mary Woolridge.

“I am the biggest cheerleader for economic development, especially when it comes to west Louisville.  I'm the biggest cheerleader, but not when it comes to this type of development. We deserve better,” Councilwoman Woolridge added.

Neighbors were also worried about methane gas being released into the air, as well as smells and truck traffic -- and they had a general concern about such projects being "dumped" on the west end, in neighborhoods where residents might not voice any opposition.

Nature's Methane has postponed its Monday meeting with the Board of Zoning Adjustment to discuss the proposed plant on 17th and Maple Streets.

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