PCS Phosphate Laying Off Workers

PCS Phosphate says it's laying people off because of continued permit delays.

The company says it will affect 24 jobs. Twelve PCS Phosphate employees will be reassigned to other parts of the Aurora plant, while 12 contractors will have their jobs eliminated.

The company has been trying for eight years to get its mining permit renewed. Just last month the E.P.A. requested that the Assistant Secretary of the Army review the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to issue a wetlands permit.

PCS says it is quickly approaching the end of its existing permit boundary and says it will idle one of its two bucket wheel excavators on April 20th.

The Aurora facility employs approximately 1100 people.

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