BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WEVER – Videos of a large flames on the property of the Iowa Fertilizer plant on Monday, surfaced on social media Tuesday morning.
Company offiicals said the flares were part of normal start-up operations after the plant had a shutdown during the day.
Iowa Fertilizer Co., released a statement yesterday from facility manager Darrell Allman about the incident.
“Yesterday evening, Iowa Fertilizer Company conducted a normal start up of its facility following a short shutdown. The start up was initiated and completed safely without incident. While a local resident posted a video online that prompted several questions, we want to assure the community that the Iowa Fertilizer plant continues to operate safely and the natural gas flare is a normal part of our plant startup process. There was no uncontrolled fire.
When the plant began startup measures two years ago, officials said flaring would be seen due to the combination of natural gas and hydrogen and the occurrence was a normal part of plant start-ups.