UPDATE – In February, roughly a month after after reporting revealed the dangers of the AltEn plant’s practice of using pesticide-treated seeds, Nebraska state regulators ordered the plant closed.
See this January 10 story in The Guardian, which was the first to expose the dangerous levels of pesticides contaminating a small community in Nebraska and the relative inaction by regulators.
The concerns focused on AltEn, an ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska, that has been the source of numerous community complaints over the use of pesticide-coated seeds for use in its biofuel production and the resulting waste products, which have been shown to contain levels of harmful neonicotinoids and other pesticides well above levels generally considered safe.
The concerns in Mead are but the latest example of growing global fear about the impacts of neonicotinoids.
See here some of the regulatory documents related to the controversy as well as other background materials:
Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics and Honeybee Health (Rutgers University Press, 2017)