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January 8, 2007

Turner County commissioners approved Tuesday night the necessary zoning changes to bring a new ethanol plant to Sycamore.

But people packed the commission meeting against the plan. Numerous people spoke out during the public hearing.

Their complaints ranged from fear of decreased property values, traffic, to water contamination and pollution. 

"I have a four year old child that cant play sometimes because she has asthma. If this ethanol plant is going to cause more problems with that, what is that going to do with my four year old grand daughter?" one citizen asked.

"Why no one from this county ever came and said one word to us?" another said.

Proponents say the plant will bring 40 new jobs to the area. A representative with Georgia Alternative Energy said the plant will be heavily regulated by the government and assured residents there wont be problems with pollution or water.

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