31 May 2013 23:17 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Friday opened up the public comment period on air permits filed by Illinois-based CF Industries (CF) which is seeking to expand its Port Neal facility in Iowa.
The state agency has issued draft permits for the $1.7bn expansion project and will make a final decision after the 30-day public comment period. If approved, CF has said it will start work this summer on the project and expect it will be completed during 2016.
In February, the fertilizer producer applied for a total of 28 permits to increase its facility by adding a 2,425 tons/day (2,199 tonnes/day)ammonia plant and a 3,860 tons/day urea plant which will use natural gas feedstock.
The permits will cover the anticipated annual releases of 3.1 tons of sulphur, 39.3 tons of nitrogen oxide, 135.7 tons of carbon monoxide, 105.4 tons of volatile organic compounds, 109.3 tons of particulates and 2,291 tons of carbon dioxide.
Earlier this year, CF officials said the Iowa expansion, and a similar effort in Louisiana, could increase the company’s nitrogen volume by 25% to 8.5 million tons by the year 2016.
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