Negotiations continue to bring plant to Tuscola, but no decision yet
An area state senator is expressing cautious optimism about the possibility of a fertilizer plant ending up in Douglas County.
Cronus Chemical is choosing between a site near Tuscola and one in Iowa to build a $1.2 billion plant. Governor Pat Quinn signed an incentive package of $30 million this summer to try to entice the company to build the plant near Tuscola.
Republican Chapin Rose of Mahomet updated the situation Thursday on the WDWS Morning Show. Rose said the city has been given the green light by Cronus to begin negotiating with property owners.
Meanwhile, Cronus spokesman Dave Lundy said the plant would need processed water from the Decatur Sanitary District, so pipes would have to be laid down to make that possible. Lundy says that requires approval from landowners, and talking to those folks is a part of the process of making sure the Tuscola site is viable for the plant and that there are no unforeseen obstacles.
Lundy a decision on where to locate the plant has not been made. He said Cronus could choose a location early next year.