AltEn Facility Remediation Response
Updates from the AltEn Facility Response Group (FRG) on remediation efforts at AltEn’s vacated ethanol production facility in Mead, Nebraska.
Please continue checking here for new information.
Progress Continues in Winter 2023-2024
While the Solid Waste Pilot Project is pausing wet cake removal until Spring 2024, the FRG’s work on the stabilization and long-term management of the AltEn site will continue throughout the Winter. Site managers, health and safety professionals and scientists are on site daily and continue to manage several site activities. We will remain actively engaged on the following areas:
- Conducting regular groundwater testing to confirm public safety. Your groundwater continues to be safe based on the most recent results.
- Analysis of soil samples from under the wet cake pile.
- Treating lagoon water for additional farmland application this Spring to meet increased demand from local farmers.
Community Open House
AltEn Site Progress Update
Please join us for an informational meeting about progress at the AltEn site.
The Facility Response Group (FRG) has begun a new phase and our technical representatives will be on hand to share details, respond to questions and have information stations highlighting progress and next steps with the removal of the remaining materials from the site.
We hope to see you there!
Attendees are free to come and go at their convenience during the hours listed to the right. Light refreshments will be available.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023
5 to 6 p.m.
6 to 6:30 p.m.
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Open House continued with information stations
Encounter Life Ministries Church
1540 County Rd 10, Mead, NE 68041
Latest community updates
The responsible, safe remediation of the AltEn site in Mead, Nebraska.
The AltEn Facility Response Group (FRG), as part of Nebraska’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), has stabilized the site.
The FRG developed a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for water stored at the site and is committed to implementing the Water RAP. So far, the FRG has treated over 49 million gallons of process water – 31 million gallons of which has been applied to local farms as a beneficial nutrient source.
The FRG also is developing a RAP for the on-site solids and continues to investigate remediation options for the solid materials at the AltEn site in order to submit the Solids RAP.
As this work continues, the FRG’s top priority is to ensure the continued safety of the surrounding community and environment. NDEE testing has consistently shown no evidence of impacts to water.
This website is a key resource for updates and information about the FRG’s remediation efforts.
Steps the FRG and NDEE have taken to stabilize the site:
Conducting regular inspections of the waste-water lagoons, including daily monitoring. There continues to be no evidence of impacts to local drinking water.
Removed excess water from the lagoons to create safe conditions.
Treated more than 49 million gallons of process water at the water treatment facility built at the AltEn site by the FRG, 29.4 million gallons of which has been applied as a nutrient source to nearby farms.
Consolidated and installed a temporary cover for the wet cake.
Winterized AltEn’s ethanol plant and piping.
Managed the chemical inventory left behind by AltEn.
Conducted extensive bench-scale and pilot-scale studies to obtain the design data necessary for final management of the remaining site water and wet cake.
The AltEn Facility Response Group’s top priority is to help ensure the safety of the surrounding community and environment.