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Monday, May 20, 2013

Environment - More on "Opponents of fertilizer plant proposed for Rockport, Ind., cite Texas explosion"

Updating this ILB entry from May 15th:

First, this is not the Posey County project from which Gov. Pence withdrew state incentives.

Second, this AP story from May 15th presents a different view of the hearing than did the Evansville C&P story linked at the beginning of this post. It begins:

ROCKPORT, Indiana — The developer of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant said Wednesday the project will be safe and not handle explosive materials like a Texas plant where a deadly explosion occurred last month.

All of the products made at the Ohio Valley Resources LLC proposed for the Ohio River city of Rockport will be liquid, non-flammable and non-explosive, Fairfield, Illinois-based developer Doug Wilson said.

"Ohio Valley Resources LLC is not manufacturing dry fertilizer product" like that at the Texas plant, Wilson said in email to The Associated Press.

John Blair, leader of the Evansville-based environmental group Valley Watch, said the proposed Rockport plant would manufacture 3,600 tons per day of ammonium nitrate, while the Texas plant produced about 4,800 tons a year.

"By scale alone, the proposals for southwest Indiana are giant compared to the plant that blew up in Texas," Blair told the Evansville Courier & Press for a story Wednesday.

Wilson said Blair was mistaken.

"Unlike the products apparently stored at the agricultural retail facility in Texas, everything made at OVR's new plant in Spencer County will be in liquid form. ... None of these products are highly flammable or explosive," Wilson said in an April 19 news release that was reissued Wednesday.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 20, 2013 09:52 AM
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