“It’s a sign things from the surface are moving vertically,” said Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Engineering.
The business has yet to comply with an agreement to provide fire lanes between tire piles and exterior fences.
Once clear and teeming with life, the pond is now murky and stained by chemicals — a victim of what happened at the far end of its 6,000-acre watershed.
AltEn received more than $200,000 in COVID relief funds as it came under fire by state environmental regulators and fended off foreclosure by a Lincoln investment company that bought several years of delinquent taxes it had failed to pay.
State lawmakers questioned the director of the Department of Environment and Energy on its efforts to bring the troubled AltEn ethanol plant in compliance with state environmental regulations, and questioned why more wasn’t done sooner.
The state agency with a new name also will have a new home.