Decision on biofuel plant in Sumner County delayed until November

SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. A crowd Wednesday night packed into a meeting room as the Sumner County Planning and Zoning Committee came together to further discuss the fate of a controversial bio-methane plan.

A vote, now tabled until Nov. 7, would allow the VNA Corporation to place a plant near Wellington in Sumner County. Several people are not happy about the idea.

VNA is looking to change the zoning for more than 100 acres of land.

Among those unhappy with the proposed plant is Alyssa Lancaster who lives near the land. She says she wants to raise her children surrounded by peace and quiet and the biofuel plant threatens that..

"There's a lot of concerns: the traffic, the noise, the odor," Lancaster says.

She also expressed concerns concerning water usage and property values.

It's why she asked the planning and zoning committee in Sumner County to keep land near 110th and Meridian a rural designated area.

An industrial-designated area would allow VNA corporation to place its methane biofuel plant on the land.

The company says the plant would create renewable energy. VNA says it won't need to use water from the river, but the company already drilled a test well and plans to use groundwater.

VNA also claims there won't be a significant impact on air quality and noisy equipment would be contained to the inside of its buildings.