Schneider Property Proposed for Trash-to-Ethanol Plant Now up for Sale
by Marc Chase (Northwest Indiana Times) The land deal for a proposed trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider is off, according to county solid waste district officials, and the town’s top official questions whether it ever will be built.
Schneider Town Council President Richard Wright said Monday he learned something was amiss a few days ago when he saw a for sale sign on the property, owned by Huber Sod Farm.
Earl Powers, owner of Powers Energy of America, was said to have placed an option on the land, located just north of town, a couple of years ago. He announced he had selected Schneider as the host site for the plant in October 2009.
The land was supposed to be the future site of a $300 million trash-to-ethanol plant that Powers has contracted with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District to build in this south Lake County town of fewer than 300 people.