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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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

Eric Bradner reports in the Evansville Courier & Press on today's upcoming air permit hearing in Rockport. Some quotes:

INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of a fertilizer plant proposed to be built in Spencer County are arguing that last month’s deadly explosion of a fertilizer manufacturer in West, Texas, is a good reason for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to scrap plans for the one here.

A public hearing on the draft air permit prepared by state officials for the plant planned for Rockport and being developed by Ohio Valley Resources LLC is scheduled for Wednesday evening at South Spencer County High School. An informational meeting will begin at 5:30 p. m. with the formal public hearing starting at 6:30 p.m.

Opponents say the plant — as well as one proposed for Posey County that Gov. Mike Pence has put on hold due to national security concerns with the Pakistani company that planned to build it — should be halted.

They point to the April explosion at West, Texas, that killed 14 public safety workers and nearby residents.

“By scale alone, the proposals for Southwest Indiana are giant compared to the plant that blew up in Texas,” said John Blair, the head of Evansville-based environmental organization Valley Watch.

“Ohio Valley Resources’ Rockport draft permit calls for ammonium nitrate manufacture of 3,600 tons per day, compared to the West plant of 4,771 tons per year.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 15, 2013 09:56 AM
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