Foes of S. Ind. fertilizer plant cite Texas blast

ROCKPORT, Ind. - Opponents of a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant are arguing that state officials should block the project because of dangers highlighted by last month's deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer manufacturer.

An Illinois businessman is seeking permission to build a fertilizer plant projected to cost $950 million near the Ohio River city of Rockport.

John Blair of the environmental organization Valley Watch tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the proposed Rockport plant is much larger than the one in Texas where 14 people died in an explosion.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is considering an air pollution permit for the plant site about 30 miles east of Evansville.

Plant developer Doug Wilson didn't immediately reply Wednesday to a message seeking comment.

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