Artifacts May Still Be There, but Leeco Fertilizer Plant is a Go
An agreement has been reached to allow the construction of a controversial fertilizer plant in Lee County to go forward while experts look for Native American artifacts.
The agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers requires the plant’s parent company, Orascom, to pay for archeologists to monitor the site and excavate two areas of interest as construction continues.
State Archeologist John Doershuk says the larger of the two areas was either a village occupied for a short period of time, or a seasonal camp.
Construction will get underway, but if human remains are found at either site, construction will need to be stopped immediately as state and tribal officials decide how to proceed. The state promised Orascom 200-million dollars in tax breaks to build the one-point-three BILLION dollar plant.