Court Challenge To PCS Phosphate Permit

Environmental groups have challenged a North Carolina decision that allows a phosphate mining company to expand the area where it can dig for ore in Beaufort County for the next 35 years.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the challenge to the permit for PCS Phosphate was filed Thursday in state administrative court, where agency decisions are first appealed.

State officials said in January that the permit would affect nearly 4,000 acres of wetlands and 19 acres of ponds. The permit also requires protection of a hardwood forest west of the mining site.

The challenge Thursday was filed on behalf of the Environmental Defense Fund, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation and North Carolina Sierra Club.

A company spokesman could not be reached immediately for comment.

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  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Apr 11, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    I have been employed with PCS for 22 years. As a Professional Land Surveyor I am daily involved in the prepration, mining, and reclamation of the land we mine. I am also a conservationist. We have a resource in Beaufort County, and a responsibility to USE IT WISLEY, not just sit on it. I am fully convinced by what I see daily that PCS is doing just that. If you believe the site is an industrial waste land...please take a tour when we have open house. See the abundant wild life and the reclaimed areas for yourself. Deer, bears, snakes, eagles, kestrels, doves, osprys, fox, coyotes, carolina panthers, bobcats, skunks, turkeys, fish of all kinds. A complete ecosystem which is self substaining on land which has been mined and reclaimed. If you don't grow it, you have to mine it. Our products range from industrial, to food, to medical. When the resource is used wisley true conservation exist. Yes there are changes in the land as we use the resource..but an abundant resource remains.
  • by Bob on Mar 16, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    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? - Do you really think PCS (Owned by Potash Corp from Saskatoon, SK Canada) really cares about the people of Beaufort County, NC? - 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)? PCS Picture is worth a thousand words
  • by leigh Location: eastern beaufort co on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    OK---for all of those that are screaming about cancer causing agents----stop eating, drinking and breathing....don't take any baths with soaps---there are cancer causing agents in everything around us.....from the pots you cook in, the plastic bottles or styrofoam cups you drink out of, to the very house you live in. I get so sick and tired of this typical environmental hog wash. They are so quick to point out the worst about someone else, but never consider themselves.
  • by Bob on Mar 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Read it EPA: PCS violated hazardous-waste laws
  • by Fed-up Location: Aurora on Mar 16, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    Hey tree-hugger,thank you for admitting what you really are. You and your commercial fishing buddies are the ones responsible for the decline in fish in Pamlico Sound, with there "Raping" of the sound with there net dragging. Killing everything they catch legal or not. Ever wonder why the sound has such a clean sandy bottom? Years and years of dragging nets.You tree-huggers need to refocus to issues that are realy doing harm to the environment.
  • by south creek Location: aurora on Mar 16, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Are we going to allow companies to destroy wetlands, woods, waters and air, because people need a job? PCS is not even an American company, and we let them destroy American land. Are we people really that narrow minded? After PCS has gone through our land, let the Chinese burry nuclear waste there that will provide jobs for the next "few" generations too.
  • by Fact Dog Location: Plymouth on Mar 15, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Some of you don't understand that PCS is destroying the land and water. Fact #1 chemicals from the plant is going into the river aqnd into the ground water. Fact #2 you can not replace wetlands. Fact #3 people makeing the fact that money is more important than their lives.How about cancer. Fact #4 If the EPA would drill test well on all the land of PCS they may find alot a buried cancer causeing chemicals.That is getting into the drinking water. Fact#5 It to late when your child,wife,husband,or other family member gets cancer and it found to be chemicals from PCS. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT AND GET ALL THE FACTS; DON'T TRUST ANYONE;DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 15, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    HAHAHAHAHA... I see my words upset two of you girls. ..And one even went so far as to say...they weren't going to comment and they turned around and commented LMAO. What an oxymoron! I am an American woman.. but not typical.... if I'm too much for any man.. he is more than welcome to pick his low self esteem female from any part of the world he wishes. ..I only like "real" strong American men anyway. Every time I read the name "neil", I want you to bow down to my feet!
  • by Neil Shlonson Location: NC on Mar 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    You hippies need to take your liberal-think tank produced "research" elsewhere, perhaps to one of your enviromentalist pot parties or welfare/socialist freak-out. Real Americans demand PCS jobs.
  • by riverman Location: pamlico river on Mar 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    here it is go read this

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