By Valerie Werkmeister
Posey County Commissioner Jerry Walden is doing all he can to support a Pakistani-owned fertilizer plant be built in Posey County. Walden stated in last Tuesday’s, April 16, commissioner meeting that the project is still under review with Indiana Governor Mike Pence. He encouraged Posey County residents to support the fertilizer plant by writing a letter to legislators.
“Send a personal letter, a single line or short paragraph to Wendy McNamara’s e-mail box or Jim Tomes and also Governor Pence. It carries a lot of clout when individuals just take the time to put a stamp on a letter and write it in their handwriting and it goes up there, you know if 100 letters go up there, they know there are at least 10 times that many behind it,” Walden said.
The project has been on hold following claims by federal government officials that some of the fertilizer products produced are used as components in bombs targeting American soldiers overseas.
According to Walden, the Fatima Group, has since proven to government officials that it has revised its formula and the fertilizer products that will be manufactured here is not capable of creating explosions.
“We have seen films [showing the fertilizer produced will be non-explosive] and literally, the last thing that’s holding it is Governor Pence. He’s right on the edge,” Walden said.
“We’ve seen films and it’s basically almost non-explosive, it’s not nitrogen-based, it’s not based on the oxidizers that the ones that blow up are. They’ve changed their formula. They are probably going to try and get that patented,” he added.
“It can be such a good thing for this community. It’s increased from $1 billion to $1.2 billion, $1.3 and it’s up to $2 billion dollars in investments in this community for this plant,” Walden said.
Walden believes Governor Pence may be contemplating a few additional stipulations that the Fatima Group must abide by before he gives his nod of approval. In the meantime, the company has continued to work on obtaining air quality permits behind the scenes just as if it’s going to take place.
“Both parties are for it, both Republican and Democrats are behind it,” Walden said.
Walden stated the job opportunities will be tremendous for Posey County. Approximately 2,000 employees will be needed to build the facility. Once it’s built, 300 full-time employees will be on staff averaging a salary of $58,000 per year. In addition, there will be 400 jobs continuous on site for construction, etc.
Walden urged residents to e-mail a letter of support to Representative Wendy McNamara at email@example.com, Senator Jim Tomes at firstname.lastname@example.org. and Governor Mike Pence at 200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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