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August 23, 2013

Bid to block Le Sueur biofuel plant denied

Construction of the controversial plant started in November

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"Such blanket prohibitions would serve to almost completely eliminate the proposed bioenergy plant of the sources of the feedstock resources on which the plant would rely, including corn silage, potato waste, manure and food residuals," Court of Appeals Judge Francis Connolly said in the opinion.

Kelsey Dillon, vice president of biopower at Avant Energy, said the business was confident enough in the City Council's decision to move forward with construction. She also said she believes concerns about the plant will fade once it's up and running.

"With any new project, especially something people aren't familiar with, there's some concern about something new," Dillon said. "Once we get started here I think people will be comfortable with it once they see it in operation."

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