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State lawmakers visit Louisville to discuss methane treatment plant locations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- State lawmakers packed up and moved from Frankfort to Louisville to tackle the controversial idea of where to build a methane treatment plant.

The public got a chance to see lawmakers in action Wednesday at a meeting at the Muhammad Ali Center.

People in west Louisville nixed the idea of a methane plant in their neighborhood. The decision now is whether to build one somewhere else.

The plants turn organic waste into gas. New rules limit construction to industrial and agricultural areas.

"It's one of those things where it might be the good of the many over the few, and that's what public policy is about -- trying to determine whether it's worth the jobs," said Rep. Steve Riggs (D) of Louisville. "But those who are close to it won't think it is, those who get the jobs and live further away will think it's a great concept."

Lawmakers say they need to hear more from both sides on the issue. 

They also discussed abandoned sewer treatment plants.

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