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Lawmaker wants to know about ethanol plant impacts

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Rep. Ken Tschumper, DFL-La Crescent, announced plans to introduce legislation requiring environmental impact statements for new ethanol plants.

His proposal was released at about the same time a University of Minnesota study showed the growing of plants for fuels increases the amount of carbon dumped into the air.

Air pollution and use of water are two ethanol concerns expressed by environmentalists. Ethanol sold in the Upper Midwest is made from corn.

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