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How will new fertilizer plant impact air quality?

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POSEY CO., IN (WFIE) -

How will a new fertilizer plant impact air quality in Posey County? That was just one of the questions at a public meeting Wednesday night. 

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management hosted a public meeting to get community input while they consider whether they will approve or deny the fertilizer plant's proposed air quality permit. 

Midwest Fertilizer's current blueprint includes an ammonia plant. That's a big reason why before construction can begin, the company has to have this permit. If they get it that means they'll be allowed to emit regulated levels of pollution into the air. 

Some at Wednesday's meeting were against the permit. They say they don't want more toxins in the air at all. 

Others showed support saying they're ready for the project to keep moving. 

"I think that there's people concerned about odor. That's understandable. They're concerned about the particulates that are going to be discharged. I think it's all good concerns, but I think some of the questions have be answered and others will be answered in emails," said Rodney Cox, who owns a business in Mt. Vernon.

Anyone who wants to make a comment on the fertilizer plant permit can still do so.

Any person can submit written comments to idem regarding this permit. Please include permit number (129-33576-00059) when submitting comments.

The 30 day public notice period ends March 3 and IDEM will accept written comments submitted by this date. Comments may be submitted by fax to (317) 232-6749, by email to David Matousek at dmatouse@idem.in.gov or by mail to:

IDEM, Office of Air Quality
MC 61-53 IGCN 1003
100 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, In 46204

A decision is expected on the permit by April. 

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