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Proposed ethanol plant causes controversy

Plans to build the state's next ethanol plant have caused controversy in the small town of Eyota, where the plant would be built, the Star Tribune reported.

The 75-million gallon ethanol plant would be on the border of the southeastern Minnesota city of 1,900.

Opponents argue that the plant will increase traffic, worsen air and water quality and consume ground water of three rivers.

Proponents, however, say that it will create new jobs, benefit farmers and the area's economy and pose minimal environmental risks.

The issue will be discussed at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency citizens' board meeting Tuesday.

Eyota, Olmsted County, and the local watershed district will ask the agency to require a full environmental impact study for the plant, which the citizens' board has only required for an ethanol plant once before.