Researchers find contamination from ethanol plant in air, topsoil near Mead

MEAD, Neb. (KLKN) – Dozens of concerned Nebraskans gathered at the Mead fire station on Thursday to learn about contamination from the AltEn ethanol plant, was shut down in 2021.

The research team has been studying a home in the town, wildlife, pollinators, air, water and soil to get an idea of the scope of pesticide contamination in the area.

While the team is still waiting for results on wildlife and this year’s pollinators, it has found the most contamination in the air, top water and topsoil.

Researchers did find pesticide contamination in the home of a Mead resident.

There was not enough to be considered a toxic amount, but it surprised the team that there was any contamination at all.

Some positive news is the bees that have been continuously dying off since 2021 have not had total loss of life since the plant shut down.

State Sen. Bruce Bostelman attended the town hall to hear the information for the first time.

He said providing additional funding for the yearslong research project was something that will “need to be discussed” in the Legislature.

As for Mead community members, they are still worried about their health.

John and Karen Porter said an incredibly rare cancer almost killed John, and doctors didn’t know how he could’ve gotten it.

The research team will set up a health registry for those in the community to report odd health complications.

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