American Ethanol team participating in RAGBRAI XLII

Nick Fetty | July 22, 2014
Members of the American Ethanol RAGBRAI team. Photo via
Members of the American Ethanol RAGBRAI team.
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The 42nd (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – kicked off on Sunday and this year’s event features a nearly 200-person team representing American Ethanol.

This year’s route passes through “the heart of Iowa’s ethanol producing regions” and ethanol plants along the route will host various events throughout the week. The Biofuels Mobile Education Center – a 45-foot trailer with touch screen computers and other interactive equipment – is making stops in Emmetsburg, Charles City and Mason City. The No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet SS – driven by 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Austin Dillion of Richard Childress Racing – will also make stops in Emmetsburg and Mason City as well as Sheldon.

Since 2011, American Ethanol has been a key partner in implementing green efforts for NASCAR. As of September 2012, more than 3 million miles have been fueled by Sunoco Green E15 – “a highly oxygenated unleaded race fuel that contains 15 volume percent ethanol.” Growth Energy, POET, Green Plains Inc., Monsanto and New Holland have also teamed with American Ethanol to sponsor the RAGBRAI team.

For updates from the American Ethanol team throughout RAGBRAI, follow the group on Facebook and Twitter.

Fish kill and orange water in Cheslea Creek

Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, Flickr.

A fish kill is being investigated in Cheslea Creek near Mason City. The fish kill was discovered after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources received reports that the water in Cheslea Creek had turned orange.

This discoloration was traced to the Golden Grain Energy facility, which releases cooling water into the creek. It’s believed that excess sulfuric acid was added to the cooling water system, causing rust within the pipes to drain into the creek.

The Iowa DNR is still determining penalties for Golden Grain.

Read more here.

Landfill board votes against waste-to-energy plant

A waste-to-energy plant in Baltimore. Photo by spike55151, Flickr

The Landfill of North Iowa Board voted against plans to create a waste-to-energy plant in Mason City. The $35 million proposed plant would have converted solid waste heading to a landfill into synthetic gas, which could have been burned to create electricity, and then sold to Alliant Energy.

The plant would have created more than 50 jobs.

Some of the board members who voted against the plant worried that the project was being rushed into.

Read the full article from the Globe Gazette here.