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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trouble for Ethanol Plant?

Collingwood | by Mariane McLeod  

Neighbour says Collingwood Ethanol plant is closed, workers laid off.

There are some questions today about the future of the ethanol plant in Collingwood, after reports from some of its neighbours, the plant has shut down.

Peter Case -- who was the head of the Collingwood East Environmental Action Committee during the battle over smells from the plant two summers ago -- says the plant has been closed for several weeks.

Case says he's been told by the Ministry of the Environment, the plant has shut down because of the high price of the corn it uses in its milling process.

Case also says there's no indication about when or if the plant will reopen.

Amaizeingly Green's website says it employs 50 people directly and about 200 indirectly.

Calls to the plant's manager have not yet been returned.

Since January of 2010, corn prices have more than doubled.

Some ethanol producers in Western Canada are using wheat in their mills instead of corn, since wheat prices have been dropping because of bumper crops.


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