Construction Delayed For Douglas County Fertilizer Plant

Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac discusses its new fertilizer plan in Tuscola in October 2014.

Cronus Chemicals CEO Erzin Atac addresses a crowd at the future site of the company's new fertilizer plant west of Tuscola, joined by former Gov. Pat Quinn in October 2014.

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The company planning to build a massive fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois says the start of construction has been delayed until next year. Cronus Chemicals had planned to begin building near Tuscola in 2015 but now says it anticipates building sometime next year.

The plant is expected to employ about 175 people on land once considered for the FutureGen clean-coal project.

Cronus spokesman Dave Lundy said Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the company a one-year extension on its air permit. Construction now must start by October 2017.

Lundy said Cronus is trying to finalize deals with contractors. Cronus also now lists the cost as $1.9 billion on its website. The company originally listed the construction cost as $1.4 billion.

On Thursday, CU-Citizen Access cited higher costs of getting the plant completed.

Lundy says the larger figure reflects finance costs.

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