The below information has been provided in an effort to help keep the community informed on a more frequent basis about progress at the AltEn site.
Ever since AltEn ceased operations at its facility in Mead in 2021, the AltEn Facility Response Group (FRG) has been voluntarily working under the guidance of the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) to stabilize the AltEn site and develop a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the site. The FRG’s top priorities have been and continue to be to help ensure the safety of the surrounding community and environment. To-date, there has been no evidence of impacts to local drinking water.
The FRG is working diligently with the NDEE to identify the most effective and safest methods to address the current environmental conditions on the AltEn site. The remedial action plans (RAP) will recommend remediation for components remaining on-site, including wastewater, sludge, and wet cake.
September 21, 2023
AltEn Community Update
A progress report on the solid waste pilot project, seed disposal, lagoon water treatment and land application, communication efforts and other activities.
Update: Solid Waste Pilot Project
Planning and site preparation have been underway for a pilot project in which non-hazardous wet cake will be transported and disposed off-site. Up to 24,000 tons of wet cake will be transported to Pheasant Point Landfill from September to November 2023. Best practices will be followed to reduce dust and odors; air quality will be monitored, and roads will be cleaned.
Wet Cake Waste Classification
Wet cake is determined to be solid waste and non-hazardous, according to government regulations.
Update: Seed Disposal
Seeds are being transported from the AltEn site to Covanta’s waste-to-energy facility in Tulsa, Okla. More than 2,600 tons of seed corn has been removed through Sept. 15. This work is expected to be completed by October.
Update: Lagoon Water Treatment and Land Application
Millions of gallons of water continue to be treated and applied to land. Treated 3.2 million gallons in 2023, bringing total to 52.6 million gallons through Sept. 17.
Other Site Activities
- Water monitoring – preliminary August results show decreased concentrations of pesticides.
- Fence – construction of safety fencing will be completed by the end of September.
- Some site work will occur over the coming weekends – though wet cake will NOT be transported on Saturdays or Sundays.
The FRG’s August open community meeting was covered statewide by several media outlets. The FRG will update the community following completion of the pilot project. Please continue checking alteninfo.com for latest updates.