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Bion loses board's support for upstate ethanol facility

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An upstate town board has put a damper on a Long Island company's plans to build a combined beef slaughterhouse and manure-fired ethanol facility.

The Schroeppel, N.Y., town board voted last week to rescind its support for the Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. plan, The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

The Old Bethpage company had won the town board's initial approval last year for the meat and ethanol facility. It was to have 72,000 head of cattle.

But Bion lost favor with the town board because it had not yet chosen a site or filed for permits. Moreover, the newspaper reported, it had not kept in touch with the board.

"We'd still like to talk to them, but at this point in time I think we need to rescind our resolution to work with Bion," Schroeppel Supervisor Paul Casler said.

Bion operates factory beef and energy farms that bring in corn to make ethanol, then feed cattle with the byproducts from ethanol production and burn cow manure as fuel for the ethanol plant.
 

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