New fertilizer plant concerns local residents

Orascom is the Egyptian company constructing the fertilizer plant. Photo by Green Prophet1, Flickr.

In early September it was announced that a large Egyptian-owned fertilizer company was going to construct a plant in southeast Iowa. Bringing the company to Iowa is the highest incentivized project in state history.

Residents living near where the fertilizer plant will be built are worried about the potential air pollution from the plant.

A larger than expected number of local residents showed up to an air quality meeting in Burlington, Iowa last Wednesday to voice their concerns.

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On the Radio: UI students help Iowa communities go green

Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It features the work of some UI students in Burlington, Charles City, Decorah and Oskaloosa.

For the past two school years, second-year students at the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning have helped Iowa towns plan for a cleaner, healthier future. Continue reading