The Midwest Fertilizer Corp. has applied for zoning approval for a 219 acre plot southwest of Mount Vernon, Indiana to build a $2.1 billion fertilizer production facility. The company is a subsidiary of Pakistani fertilizer producer, Fatima Fertilizers and has come under harsh criticisms for its actions back in Pakistan.
Fatima had been accused of providing ammonium nitrate -- the same substance that caused the tragedy in West, TX -- to insurgent militants in Afganistan and Pakistan which the groups then used to construct improvised explosive devices. These include the roadside bombs we hear so much about from news reports and our soldiers fighting in that region.
Lt. General Barbero worked very closely with Fatima in Pakistan after reporting his concerns to the Department of Justice. At hearing of this, Indiana Governor Mike Pence canceled a funding deal that had been put in place to get the project off the ground. Several meetings and a month long summit at Fatima facilities in Pakistan yielded changes to delivery policies, packaging and a reformation of CAN to create a less explosive mix.
General Barbero found Fatima to be compliant and helpful and his enclave made genuine strides toward keeping Fatima's fertilizer from being used by militants to harm, maim and kill U.S. Troops. But Governor Pence refused to reopen the funds.
The good folks of Posey County, IN stepped in and have agreed to finance the project without state level funding. After a mile of red tape and a genuine positive effort reported by General Barbero -- former head of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization -- the 'all clear' was given.
Progress now comes in the form of this zoning request and officials from the Posey County Economic Development Partnership are encouraged by the request. Groundbreaking could come as soon as this spring and the facility will provide a much needed source of domestic nitrogen in the forms of urea, ammonia, UAN and AN.