PCS Phosphate Gets Support From Senators, Congressmen

Four members of the state's congressional delegation are urging regulators to drop objections to a company's mining expansion plans in eastern North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday the plan would
result in the destruction of wetlands.

The newspaper said Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and Reps. Walter Jones and G.K. Butterfield wrote the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta about the expansion. The lawmakers
expressed concern that the EPA might not accept PCS Phosphate's

The newspaper said Burr, Jones and Butterfield have received campaign contributions from the company's political committee, its executives, or both.

PCS Phosphate wants federal permits to continue mining phosphate
ore on the Pamlico River in Beaufort County for 30 more years.

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  • by Bob on Mar 7, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    It would be wise to look at other areas of the US (like Florida or Idaho) that have allowed phosphate mining and learn from their mistakes. - What happens to the 1000 jobs when PCS is done mining? http://www.sun-herald.com/phosphate/part3.htm - Do you really think PCS (Owned by Potash Corp from Saskatoon, SK Canada) really cares about the people of Beaufort County, NC? http://www.sonic.net/kryptox/environ/m/phosphate.htm - What happens to the 1000's of people who call this their home once it is mined? - Do you really think you could live on a reclamation area or grow crops for human consumption (You should check the public record and drive through this area before answering)? http://www.sun-herald.com/phosphate/part4.htm PCS Picture is worth a thousand words http://www.screencast.com/t/G1Zbrg0oP
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    Now the "Golden Pockets" show up. I knew by the "user friendly commercials" that something was up. PCS may attempt to protect the environment, but they still destroy it. These same representatives are for allowing people driving on the beach. What ever puts money in their pockets, they go for it. And for Robert Location: Greenville, I have been eating seafood from around there for almost 40 "yaers" and I am still here, you should stop eating seafood.
  • by Had Enough Location: AURORA on Mar 5, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    I'll be the first in line preserve and protect our land. BUT, there is not a single company that I know of in the USA that does what PCS does, AND THAT IS TO RETURN THE LAND BACK TO IT'S ORIGINAL STATE. If not better. These so called experts in office at the EPA and even the Army Corp. of Engineers have done more to harm our environment and even the citizens of this country than any other. If they had left the mighty MISSISSIPPI alone New Orleans would not be in the danger it's in today. Don't they know that everything we eat, drink, touch, feed our pets, vertilize our lawns and gardens with comes from that mine. there is only one other in the USA and it is in Florida. I guess if the EPA had it's way they would sell it out to china also. PCS is the only real company left in Eastern N C that takes care of it's people and the environment. Why don't the EPA stop these developers from destroying wetlands in order to build housing developments that people can't afford to buy.
  • by idontlikegreeneggsandspam on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Agree with Mr. Blount. My husband is employed there as well as thousands of environmental friendly people. When my husband got hired two years ago, the guy who gave him his training told him there were two things you can do to get you immediately fired. Top two concerns for PCS is: 1.Environment then 2. Safety
  • by Mr. Blount on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    I believe in protecting the environment, from the environmentalists!!! We need to keep jobs.
  • by Leigh Location: nc on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    I argee with rober and greeneggs, I hope they can figure something out. PCS plants what they cut down. I know a few that work their and they do care about the enviroment. how many do you know that replace what the took with new. So they do restore...
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    For a first time in a while, there are state politicians are for a very good idea, which you have two democrats and two republicans that can actually agree on. If the EPA drops this objection, which they better, then my cousin who works there will be better off and this economy will be in much better shape with the plan coming through. I understand that there needs to be such an organization as the EPA, but this organization has made some asinine decisions, one of the 6-7 factors helping to disrupt our economy and peoples lives. EPA, drop the objection NOW. If you don't then you would ruin Beaufort County and surrounding counties and peoples lives. You would be a sorry organization if you do not drop the objection.
  • by idontlikegreeneggsandspam on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    I believe in protecting everything we have left in the world, but I PRAY they are able to proceed. They provide my family with our essentials. I also think they should being they do reclaim the land they mine.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Mar 5, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    They have been mining down there now already for more than 30 years and the wetlands they have worked in have been restored back just as good if not better than before. I have been eating seafood from around there for almost 40 yaers and I am still here. They have done no more harm to the enviroment than everybody else who gets up and cranks a car in the morning or throws plastic and paper etc. in the land fields. Tell the enviromentalist unless they want to wipe there butts with corn cobbs and leaves, discontinue brushing their teeth, and just everyday living, they better leave them alone. FYI, I DO NOT work for PCS, just have enough common sense to no what is going on.

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