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Company behind proposed methane plant in west Louisville discusses project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The company proposing to build a methane plant in west Louisville is trying to calm nearby residents' fears about the project. 

Representatives from Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Star Energy met Thursday night with those living near the proposed site, at 17th and Maple Streets. The plant, called a biodigester, would take organic waste like food products and turn it into energy.

The company said 70 percent of that waste would be pumped underground from the Heaven Hill distillery, meaning very little would be trucked in, like neighbors had feared.

Star Energy also says the process is safe and is being used around the world.

"Taking what we used to consider waste and doing the right thing with it. Instead of throwing it away, finding a good, valuable use for it that reduces our need for buying and using fossil fuels from other countries and allows us to use what was waste here to producer that energy," Star Energy COO Mark Stoermann said.

The company says it plans to build many more biodigesters and solar energy projects in the region over the next several years.

The company already abandoned plans for another methane plant in west Louisville, because of residents' safety concerns.

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