The public hearing scheduled for Aug. 28 on the proposed fertilizer plant in Scott County, Iowa, has been cancelled. The meeting has not been rescheduled, but it is expected to announce a new date eventually.

The Scott County Board of Supervisors was notified Tuesday of the cancellation. Orascom Construction Industries is the company proposing to build the fertilizer plant in Iowa. It is considering several site possibilities in addition to the one in Scott County. This public meeting was previously postponed from earlier in July.

The proposed project would be to build a $1.3 billion fertilizer plant and hire 165 permanent positions.

The public and industry have been watching this issue because several oppose the rezoning of 300 acres of prime farmland where the proposed plant would be located. Critics say the plant should be built elsewhere than on these fertile acres.