PCS Phosphate Under Scrutiny

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A major employer in the east trying to expand its operation is also dealing with the government concerning alleged hazardous waste violations.

The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a nationwide initiative evaluating the phosphate industry in the U.S. including PCS Phosphate's facility in Beaufort County.

THE EPA conducted a hazardous waste inspection at the Aurora plant and notified the company about some alleged violations.

PCS has met with state environmental agencies trying to come up with a resolution, but has not yet been reached one yet.

A PCS spokesman says these alleged violations have nothing to do with efforts to expand mining operations.


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  • by mike Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 04:57 AM
    Are you people who shut down the bridge project so the fish could rest??? I thought the tree hugger s lived in California?
  • by Flossie Location: Aurora on Mar 28, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    I smell the smells, see the ghost town that Aurora has become (the ways of most 'mill towns'), watch the crabbing industry suffer, watch the wasted pumped water, see the huge berms and God-knows-what coming out of the smoke stacks...And wonder, why would anyone WANT to live in Aurora. The fixin' up of the school was just window dressing. Beaufort County could care less about us.
  • by Gail Location: Aurora on Mar 27, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    PCS. is destroying the people and land with it's pollutant, just for a dollar.Most people work there rides out of aurora, at 4:30, or 8:00, end of their shifts, and leave the people of Aurora, feeling like we been duked, because we have to look at the ugliest the draglines leaves behind, and smell the pollutant lingering in the air, watching people coming here from surrounding areas getting rich, with bank accounts, and credit, just because they work there, and leaving the people of Aurora with nothing but pollution, and empty pocket, doing nothing for the town, but hoping we all move out of Aurora, so they can continue to fill their greedy and uncaring pockets.
  • by gail Location: aurora on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    yes, I can smell pcs from my house, and yes we have to buy water, because the company misuse our pure ground water, yes there are a lot of women getting operation
  • by Bob on Mar 17, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Agreed, they are definitely the largest employer. What happens once they are done mining? The land is useless. Beaufort and Pamlico counties thrive, but the people living there do NOT. The people of Beaufort county should not have to work for fear of their health b/c it is the only game in town. They deserve better than that. Respectfully, Bob
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    The government needs to BACK OFF. Bob, PCS Phosphate is one thing that keeps Beaufort County going and I think its the largest employer, but I am not sure. I have a cousin who used to work there before retiring. He used to go back and forth between Aurora and Hobucken, but now lives in Oriental. He told me that Beaufort and Pamlico counties thrive on PCS Phosphate. If it was not for PCS Phosphate, he would be making lot less money than what he has and living in Windsor (where he was raised). I applaud PCS Phosphate and I will stand right behind this company 100%.
  • by Bob on Mar 17, 2009 at 09:13 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 Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 17, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    This is not new news. They have been arguing about whether it is truly a violation or not for several years. Maybe the best thing we should do is shut down PCS Phosphate. That would solve all our environmental problems. Then the only thing we would have to worry about would be how the county is going to replace the tax revenue that would be lost and how to feed all the folks who would be impacted. The tax revenue should not be a problem. We could probably get grants to make up the losses. And as far as feeding all the folks who would be put out of work, I suppose we could let then eat cake.... Just as long as the tree huggers are happy...
  • by Kathy Location: Bath on Mar 17, 2009 at 02:29 AM
    Everyone and their brother keep giving PCS a hard time. I feel that it is not right. I have lived in Washington and Bath all my life, I'm 46 years old. PCS is the major jobs around this area. They can not pollute us no more than no one else in industry work. But, if we loose PCS in this area we will loose alot. I live across the river from PCS I can see it's lights at night they are so pretty across the water. I SAY GO FOR IT PCS. YOU GO GET THEM.
  • by RIVERMAN Location: PAMLICO RIVER on Mar 16, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    hazardous waste violations! no say it aint so!I'm just waiting to hear all these comments on HOW GOOD PCS IS FOR BEAUFORT COUNTY come on guys speak now or FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.I'll say it again closed it down!see ya wouldnt want to be ya:)
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