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Va. county approves ethanol plant permit

Posted July 14, 2008 3:48 p.m. EDT

— Mecklenburg County in Virginia voted Monday to grant a special use permit for an ethanol plant that worries some North Carolina residents along the state line.

Osage Bio Energy is looking to build the plant on a 600-acre site. County administrators said it will bring dozens of jobs to the area and a market for farmers to sell their corn and barley.

“People need to remember that we are an agrarian area,” said Joyce French, with Southside Planning District. “We are a farming area, and this is going to help the farmers.”

The Association to Preserve Mecklenburg said the plant won't mix with the agricultural community. They are also concerned runoff from the plant might end up in a creek that leads into Kerr Lake.