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Proposed Iowa to Illinois CO-2 Pipeline

Public meetings were held this week in eastern Iowa for a proposed pipeline stretching from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Decatur, Illinois. Wolf Carbon Solutions would collect carbon dioxide from two ADM plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton, and send it to central Illinois where it would be stored underground.

Senior Vice President Nicholas Noppinger says this would reduce emissions of CO-2 from the production of ethanol - now it's just released into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change.

"To help facilities, new and existing, to continue sustaining their business for the forseeable future in an environment that is promoting and pushing de-carbonization policy."

The two plants now produce a total of two million tons of CO-2 a year, and ADM's goal is to reach zero carbon emissions.

Noppinger says his company has built thousands of miles of pipelines, and never used eminent domain.

"Honestly, it's a lot easier to work with the landowner and find creative solutions to go through their property in a voluntary way versus condemnation."

He hopes construction on the 286 mile pipeline (revised from 350 in previous announcements) could begin as soon as 2024, with completion the following year. It would go through four or five Iowa counties, and up to nine in Illinois.

The Iowa Utilities Board will hold a virtual public meeting on the project on September 19th (6 pm). The company has not yet filed any proposals with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.