New anhydrous ammonia facility planned for west of Berthold

MINOT, N.D. - The Ward County commissioners approved a proposal for a 60,000 gallon anhydrous ammonia tank and dry fertilizer plant roughly four miles west of Berthold.

Mark Birdsall with Birdsall Grain & Seed presented the plan before the commissioners.

Farmers use anhydrous ammonia as a nitrogen fertilizer, but the chemical can injure or kill people if they are exposed to it.

The plan includes a field environmental study on the proposed land to comply with state and federal laws.

“They are a company called Signal 10 out of Jamestown. They do risk management and we have to do an environmental study done for the area, and that will also include the environmental study, training everything that we need to be in compliance with state and federal regulation,” said Mark Birdsall.

Any contact with the chemical can cause human tissue to freeze or burn.