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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  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    I agree with r poster, n locationer a couple down. Find a job somewhere else or gain the means to do it or heck, don't get a job and use your savings in a thrifty manner while you putter. Adaption has been our greatest talent. If you can't, you better brace yourself.
  • by Linda Location: Washington on Apr 17, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Thanks to the EPA my husban just lost his job their today. Hope you all are happy. Maybe you will pay our bills HA HA
  • by r Location: n on Apr 14, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    greed. all people care about is money..Do like the American Indian. Pick up your belongings and go to the hills. They were run off of their land, now it is your turn. Your very own trail of tears. cry and leave...
  • by Mark Location: Bath on Apr 14, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    Funny how crabs that are caught around PCS, on the south side of the river, are diseased, with brown holes in their shells, as opposed to crabs caught 6-7 miles away, on the North side of the river. Funny how the billowing fumes that pour from the smoke stacks stink and burn your eyes and nose, but aren't "harmful". I understand peoples concerns with lost jobs and the local economy. But, at what cost? PCS doesn't just damage our earth, it is unhealthy for those that live in the vicinity. I doubt that the commuters who pick up their paychecks there care a lot about that. The people who live close by certainly do. I will say, however, that the lights are very pretty at night, shining across the river. It looks like a big, orange New York City!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    Chris, just to clarify your observation; PCS has a history of being a good neighbor in our county. Not because they bribe inspectors but because all regulator they cannot bribe say it is so. I named a few regulatory groups but there are more. Sorry, get some facts to support your view and not heresay. I do not have any interrest in PCS other than I don't care what they do as long as they are a good neighbor and support the community. They have been and do. I often fish there, fish don't normally go through water they cannot breath in or is not salty enough. I trust the fish and crabs to tell me it is OK. Have you noticed how many crab pots are in Bath creek?
  • by Ed Location: eastern NC on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    IF PCS is so environmetally uncaring, as the nay-sayers like to remind us, then why on earth does anyone with a boat that likes to fish, break their neck to get over there to catch trout? I've been in and around the place more times than alot, and it's got a first rate environmental crew working there.
  • by ls Location: nb on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    I bet alot of the people whining about the environment didn't care that their land once belonged to the 'wild'....what if environmentalists wanted your land back....wouldn't whine then huh? Get a life. PCS is one of a few companies that keeps the economy moving in not just Beaufort County but 2 or 3 other counties as well.
  • by Billy Location: Choco on Apr 14, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    PCS isn't even an American company. A bunch of foreigners are destroying your environment for their own profit. I appreciate the jobs they produce, but let's put all the facts on the table here.
  • by Michelle Location: Beaufort County on Apr 14, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    PCS has been a vital asset to this area, in many aspects, for many years. If they do not get these permits, it will be felt economically all over the area. There are so many people depending on the jobs offered by PCS. Not just locals. People from all over the east coast have worked for PCS. The revenue PCS generates for the area is phenomenal. They have contributed to our communities for years. How can anyone want to see them go? I know hundreds of hard-working, well-deserving people employed at PCS, is the government going to be there for them if PCS shuts down? Most of the people who work there have been there for years. There is no where else in this area to accomodate the massive loss of jobs this could cause!!
  • by ??????? Location: Here & There on Apr 13, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    To Anonymous who posted 4/13/09 @ 0819 am.....You drive by PCS everyday? That has to mean you either work there or live down past the plant. My question is this.... If you believe PCS is so toxic to the environment why do you choose to live (and/or work) so close to an industry that is poisoning the water and the air? Doesn't make any sense to me. I would think that if you are so convinced PCS is poisoning us all that you would want to put a little more distance between them and you. Enlighten me please!
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