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Associated Press, Published May 09 2013

Fertilizer plant to use Grand Forks' wastewater, employ 135

GRAND FORKS - One big question answered Thursday about the proposed $1.5 billion fertilizer plant west of Grand Forks is why Grand Forks?

The city will be supplying a massive amount of water, about 4,000 gallons a minute, to the plant, according to documents from the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. This would be so-called "grey water," a somewhat treated form of wastewater, and stormwater runoff.

The plant would be located near the city's sewage lagoons and wastewater treatment plant, which has excess capacity. Wastewater emission from the plant would be treated by the city before being released in the Red River.

Northern Plains Nitrogen, the group developing and operating the project, said the plant would employ about 2,000 workers for construction and 135 to operate the finished facility.

The EDC is holding a news conference with Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Mayor Mike Brown in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room today.

NPN said it's still gathering investors but is in the final stages of financing.

The plant would convert natural gas from western North Dakota and other inputs into up to 2,200 tons of anhydrous ammonia a day and selling to buyers in the central United States, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan.