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Park View Residents Concerned Over NH3 Tank Rezoning

Updated: Sep 14, 2012 06:15 PM CDT
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Neighbors living in one rural Scott County community are talking about moving away if a 30,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tank moves in. The county is considering rezoning five acres of land in Park View in order for a crop production company to sell fertilizer there.

When neighbors saw this small, white sign -- letting them know an anhydrous ammonia tank could be coming to the neighborhood -- they were seeing red.

"I've always lived in the country. That's why you move here, so you don't have stuff like ammonia across the road from you. So you don't have to worry about toxic waste and toxic spills."

Nancy Phelps lives directly across the street from the proposed site for the 30,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tank. She has a well on her property, she drinks water from it, and she's concerned the ammonia tank will taint it. But that's not her only concern. She doesn't want to lose her quiet, peaceful neighborhood.

"We don't need that kind of traffic on this road, tractors, large farm equipment, especially with ammonia tanks that are poisonous and flammable, on our road." And other neighbors feel the same --

"I think threatened is a very good word for it."

"Anhydrous ammonia is one of the most dangerous chemicals as far as what's used in farming. We're worried about leaks, explosions," said Park View resident KJ Rebarcak. "Anhydrous ammonia is used to make meth."

"The Crop Production Services folks assure me that their tanks are secure and it would be quite difficult for somebody to access for those types of purposes," said Scott County Planning Director Timothy Huey. Huey understands the concerns coming from neighbors. Still, he feels the rural location is a good option for an anhydrous ammonia retail facility.

"These are particularly businesses that you don't want in urbanized areas near other businesses, near residences," said Huey. "There's safety concerns with anhydrous ammonia and the idea is to have it remotely located."

But for the few people living nearby, this is not a remote location. It's right next door.

"I'm a landowner out here. I don't want this in my backyard," Phelps said. "Do they want this in their backyard? I'm guessing that they don't want it in their backyard."

The public hearing is being held Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 PM at the Scott County Administration building. The Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to the Scott County Board of Supervisors.