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Residents protest proposed central Indiana power plant

September 12, 2013

Dozens of people packed a central Indiana town council meeting to speak out against an energy company's proposal to build a $500 million power plant.

The crowd filled Morristown's town hall, leaving several people outside for Wednesday evening's meeting about the plans from Nebraska-based Tenaska Inc. for the natural gas-fueled plant.

Many protested before the meeting with signs such as "Stop Tenaska" and then raised questions about the plant's possible impact on water well levels, air quality and noise levels.

Tenaska executive Helen Manroe says the plant would be buffered from homes by the current industrial park for the 1,200-person Shelby County town about 20 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Manroe says Tenaska hasn't decided whether to build the plant or when construction would start.

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