AltEn Community Update from the Facility Response Group

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.

March 31, 2023

Water RAP Update

Earlier this month the Water Remedial Action Plan, proposed by the FRG last year, was approved by the NDEE.

Due to a variety of factors, some farmers chose not to participate in the Spring land application. However, those landowners are interested in receiving the Fall 2023 land application.

 Solid Waste Pilot Program Details

The FRG is well underway on finalizing the details to solidify and transport materials off-site as part of the Solid Waste Pilot Program.

Several steps must occur before the FRG is able to begin off-site transportation. Equipment and materials must be obtained and field procedures for safely implementing the work must be developed. Currently, the FRG’s contractor, Waste Management, plans to begin removing materials in early May.

Stormwater Best Management Practices

The pilot will specifically address stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMPs), dust and odor control equipment, truck tire and surface cleanliness, as well as materials handling and solidification optimization.

Groundwater Monitoring

Groundwater monitoring and testing will continue at on-site monitoring wells.

Importantly, the NDEE and FRG test results continue to demonstrate no impacts to local drinking water and no presence of pesticides in Mead’s water supply.