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Shuttered Iowa POET Plant Settles Tax Incentive Deal

POET will not get $2.5 million in tax credits nor have to repay received benefits


Iowa’s economic development arm and a shuttered ethanol plant at Emmetsburg that had promised to produce millions of gallons from crop waste have reached a settlement that lets the company off the hook for millions of dollars in tax incentives, reports the AP.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a settlement with Poet DSM Advanced Biofuels last week, ending a contract of incentives that helped enable construction of the massive plant, the Des Moines Register reported.

The "ultra-green bio-fuel" plant, which opened in 2014, was idled in July and laid off 52 workers this year.

As part of the settlement, POET will not get $2.5 million in tax credits it had not yet earned, but the Economic Development Authority will not seek to be repaid the benefits that POET already received.

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