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West Louisville neighbors concerned about possible future methane plants

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People living in west Louisville are still concerned about the possibility of biodigesters being built in their neighborhoods.

Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer introduced new rules and regulations governing future biodigesters to be built within the county. Biodigesters break down organic material such as old food and turns it into gas.

In 2015, there were two different proposed biodigesters in Louisville’s west end. After staunch opposition from neighbors who raised concerns over health hazards and smell, company organizers backed out of the plans.

The proposed rules would limit any future biodigesters to be built only in industrial and agriculturally-zoned areas throughout the county. It also calls for a minimum distance of 1,320 feet for any home, school, church park or hospital. But some city leaders still aren’t satisfied.

“For the first responders national handbook, it says that for a methane leak that the recommended evacuation is a half mile, so I think that would be a good starting point,” said Louisville Metro Councilman (D-6) David James.

Several people at a public meeting about the new rules Monday expressed concerns that the plants could still be built in their neighborhoods in spite of the regulations. Some wanted stricter control on where they could be built.

“When the original proposals were coming out, there were no regulations whatsoever, so we have to have some regulations to govern these things.,” James said.

Before the Planning Commission makes final recommendations to Metro Council on the new rules, there will several more public meetings for citizens to voice concern or support:

- July 26, 6-8 p.m.

East Government Center: 200 Juneau Drive

Beechmont Community Center: 205 W. Wellington Avenue

- July 27, 6-8 p.m.

Newburg Library: 4800 Exeter Ave.

Central Government Center: 7201 Outer Loop

To view the proposed regulations, click here

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