Originally Posted by bandwagonjumper
American capitalism at its finest.
I'm not going to quote all that shit.
It kept calling the facility at West a plant. It is not a plant. It is a retailer. And a very small one at that. There was no manufacture, there was no refining, nothing that would be done at a "plant". It was strictly a retailer.
I know very little about the regulatory requirements for such facilities. So much so that I didn't even know ammonium nitrate was commercially available. I thought they had it off the market. However, I'm sure there are different requirements for bulk warehouses and production facilities than just retailers.
The other thing this article is wrong about is the dude that said it was a huge amount of fertilizer. It is absolutely not. 270 tons is 540,000 lbs of product. AN is 34% N which is 183,600 lb actual N. It takes roughly .8 lb N per bushel of corn, so there is only 229,500 bushel of corn worth in that facility. If the average corn yield is 150, there is enough AN there to grow corn on 1,530 acres. That is a very very small amount. They require truckloads of product to come in once they start to move product.
Don't get this thing twisted into something it is not. The facility at West is a very very small operation. It's not some huge production facility or some massive warehouse. This is a very small facility that has probably 5-6 employees unless they run custom applicators. This is basically your local mom and pop cafe of Fertilizer retailers.
Maybe it is part of a local coop or a subsidiary of a larger company or something, but if all it is is this little facility, it is a very very small facility. This is not some evil empire wal-mart type company. This is a very small facility.