Right now some Beaufort County officials are on Capitol Hill, that's because Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to make a decision on whether PCS Phosphate, one of the area's largest employers will receive a permit to continue operations. Without that permit, layoffs could begin.
Beaufort County Manager, Paul Spruill tells WITN, if the company doesn't receive the permit it would be devastating for the community. For more than 8 years, PCS has tried to extend its mining permit. The Army Corps decision deadline is tomorrow but even if they give PCS the approval the Environmental Protection Agency could veto it, that's because environmentalists say the companies mining will damage area wetlands and fisheries.
Spruill says he's on Capitol Hill lobbying for Beaufort County and for the company.