Commission to Decide if Farms Allowed to Produce Ethanol
by Diane Wagner (Rome News Tribune) The Floyd County Commission is expected to decide at its May 8 meeting if it will allow local farmers to make a limited amount of ethanol onsite, for use as fuel for their equipment.
No opposition surfaced during the hearing that was required by law to be conducted Tuesday, the date that had been publicly advertised.
…Under the proposed ordinance, as much as 10,000 gallons a year of ethanol could be made on property zoned for agricultural use and — with a special use permit — on suburban residential tracts.
No retail sales would be allowed, and the ordinance would not apply within the city of Rome. Assistant County Manager Noah Simon said the production process is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. READ MORE