Neighbors Outraged Over Proposed Waste Digester
The project was proposed last April and has been slow moving ever since. Even so, neighbors want it stopped in its tracks as soon as possible. Video by nbc26.comvideo
Drive into Maribel and Lorri Havlovitz's feelings will greet you.
"A lot of things could go with it, There's the wells, the noise, dust, air pollution. There's a whole lot of concerns surrounding that area," Havlovitz said.
Havlovitz has been working for months with a group of concerned neighbors to stop a proposed waste to energy plant that could be built on land near the corner of I-43 and Highway Z.
The project was proposed last April and has been slow moving ever since. Even so, the group says living by a waste digester would stink.
"We're concerned this digester will also include spreading on our fields and possibly contaminate our well water," Havlovitz said.
"They're saying no to the project before it even starts," Village President Daniel Fels said.
Fels supports the project and tells us rezoning the property has been on the board's agenda every month.
"It could bring in more opportunities for other businesses," Fels said. "Once you start with one business it could be another business taking off, which always creates jobs."
We tried contacting Rob Larsen one of the local business owners who proposed the digester, but he hasn't returned our calls.
"This is a business proposal," Havlovitz said. "We need to make sure we investigate this very carefully."
We also called the DNR. A spokeswoman tells us the company still has not turned-in a permit application for the project.