At the fertilizer plant #1 of North Korea
I had a lengthy tour of… its museum.
Notice, as you look at this model, how close the plant is to the ocean. Presumably this means drainage of manufacturing residue into the ocean.
Presumably also, this means fumes in the air, bad smells, noise, grey clouds in the sky, and workers milling about. Well, it was a beautiful clear day. The sky was blue, the air was pure, no unusual noise could be heard, and the 7,000 people said to be working in the plant were not to be seen.
So, towards the end of the magnificent presentation by this lady (I learnt a ton about phosphates, nitrates and the chemical processes that produce fertilizer), I asked why there was no visible pollution from such an important manufacturing site.
Oh, dear! She forgot to mention! The production part of the plant has been sent elsewhere, not too far, but not here and nowhere that we can go see. And there are no samples to see, loaded trucks or anything else to substantiate the idea of a big, big fertilizer plant being around here.