Published Report Indicates Mercer County Alternate Site For $1.3 Billion Fertilizer Plant

Mercer County is being considered as an alternate site for a proposed $1.3 billion dollar fertilizer plant, according to a published report. The Quad City Times says a 2,800 acre site is under consideration after the Scott County Planning and Zoning Commission denied a rezoning request for the project near Walcott. Egypt-based Orascom Construction Industries wants to build the nitrogen fertilizer plant. Mercer County Supervisor of Assessments Don St. Germaine tells WRMJ he has not talked with the company direct, but has had conversations with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce about potential sites. The Times reports that the QC Chamber pitched the Mercer County site to the company on Tuesday. The site was pitched for a BP refinery project many years ago and that location is south of New Windsor.