Billion-Dollar Michigan Potash Plant Nears Grand Opening | Associated press
LANSING, Mich., Dec. 3, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Michigan Potash and Salt Company (MI Potash) now has all the required permits to begin construction on its proposed $ 1 billion facility near Evart, Michigan. The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) approved the last necessary air permit amendment this week.
âWe appreciate EGLE’s diligence and the commitment of our community,â said Jeff Kummer, President and COO of MI Potash. âIt is extremely important that we establish a national supply of potash for American farmers, while ensuring that we are good neighbors and stewards of the environment, this licensing is a positive affirmation of those goals. “
The approval followed significant public comment in which the project received overwhelming support from local elected officials, construction trades and workers, the farming community and local farmers. Key stakeholder groups strongly agreed with EGLE’s assessment that the proposed permit for MI Potash was drafted to protect public health and the environment.
The US Potash Project comes at a critical juncture for food security and affordability. In the United States, demand for potash remains at an all time high as potash prices have nearly tripled in the past year, impacting farmers and everyone who buys groceries. The United States imports 96% of its potash demand, making our farmers heavily dependent on foreign sources of supply.
The US Potash Project will be the first large-scale domestic potash producer for decades. Creating more than 300 union construction jobs over three years and 150 full-time operating positions indefinitely, the project represents a capital investment of $ 1 billion with a resource base of over 150 years – representing one of the largest economic development projects supported by unions in the country.
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