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Board backs site for $2.1B Indiana fertilizer plant

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County officials in southwestern Indiana are giving the go-ahead on the site picked for a proposed $2.1 billion fertilizer plant even though some residents question whether it is a good spot.

Posey County's Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday approved a permit for the project on 219 acres of farmland in an industrial area near Mount Vernon.

The Evansville Courier & Press reported that some at the meeting told the board they welcomed the plant and the jobs it is expected to create. Other residents raised worries about plant safety, increased traffic and how close the site is to residential areas.

The project has faced questions since Gov. Mike Pence in January withdrew state subsidies because fertilizer made by Pakistan-based parent company Fatima Group was used in bombs in Afghanistan.

The plant still needs other approvals, including a federal air permit, to move forward.

If approved, the Midwest Fertilizer Corp. facility would create an estimated 2,500 construction jobs, plus 200 permanent positions with an average annual salary of $58,000.

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  • I question the whole deal.
    The city of Greenwood (the tax payers) lost some six to eight million on a "generic insulin" scam...which made the same job creation claims. This is a very, very large project subjecting taxpayers to a very large risk. The county officials do not have to skills to evaluate risk. Venture capitalist should be making the cash investments, not the county taxpayers. Common logic says to stay away from this project. It sounds very good....until one wonders why they need taxpayer money and have little money of their own. Why not get money from investors, not taxpayers.

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