Ethanol Relief Could Come Soon, SC Council Votes to Move Airport Chapel

Sep 17, 2019

Airmen's chapel at the Sioux Gateway Airport

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Corn growers and ethanol producers may get some good news soon, according to Iowa’s senior senator. 

Republican Chuck Grassley says President Donald Trump was surprised that his decision to exempt 31 refineries from their ethanol obligations generated a lot of opposition. Grassley and others met at the White House last week and presented a plan to correct the problem: waived gallons from small refineries need to be re-assigned to someone else. Grassley says the White House had its own proposal.

But Grassley says he’s waiting to celebrate until the Environmental Protection Agency makes the agreement public, in case it changes between now and then. 

Sioux City is looking to relocate a historic World War II chapel and airmen housing for airmen. The Federal Aviation Administration says they don’t fit with the land use of the Sioux Gateway Airport.

An agreement approved Monday starts the process to find a place to move the structures, so the airport land can be used for future development.

Sioux City Councilman Dan Moore says he’s personally taken an interest in preserving the chapel and would like to see a project that would be open to the public.

We want it to be dedicated to the service people that took the risks, many gave their lives for the freedom we have today. We want to preserve that but need it to do it with quality, we’ve got to make sure it’s done well, and that it’s maintained over the years.

A loosely formed local nonprofit has shown interest in maintaining the chapel and putting it to use.