Beaufort County Officials Are On Capitol Hill Lobbying For PCS Phosphate

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

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.

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  • by sarcastic Location: Washington on May 6, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    Riverman and Skeptic are two MORONS that do not know what they are talking about. There are a couple thousand people and there families depending on PCS.NOt to mention the vendors that supply them.It would be a major blow to the local economy if they shut down.Maybe you two have a little extra room in your homes so some unimployed pcs workers can stay until they get back on there feet!!!!
  • by PCS Supporter Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    I am aware that it was formerly Texas Gulf because my family has been working there for 30 years. It maybe a nasty place but there are a lot of people depending on these jobs. No matter if it is Roberts, other contractors or PCS employees they are just trying to make a living. This would definately impact the economy all around this area. Maybe they do not show their generosity to the Aurora area becaus eof people like you trying to fight them mining.
  • by 1Skeptic Location: Aurora,N.C. on May 6, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    Just to clarify. I live in the Aurora area because I have been a resident of southern Beaufort Co. all of my life. I haven't lost or been denied a job at PCS because I am one of the many who live here in the area that do not and never have depended on PCS. As a matter of fact I know quite a few people who would rather take a beating than to have to work in that nasty place. As far as the state of the town of Aurora, the community has been held back for years and years so that any development would not hamper future expansion of the mining operation. It is well know that the richest deposit is directly under main street. PCS sure doesn't want to have to deal with a viable, healthy community. Anyone who has any knowledge of this area has to agree. If PCS (formerly Texas Gulf among others) was so great why not make Aurora a showcase of their generosity? I'll tell you why. Because htey do not invest in anything but themselves to make MONEY!
  • by PCS Supporter Location: Greenville on May 6, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    I totally support PCS and all it's employees. To 1Skeptic why are you in Aurora? Did you get fired or turned down from a job there? You should not want other people to lose their job and shame on you and riverman for wanting to shut them down. (riverman sounds like you are the BOZO!) Yes PCS pays my bills and I am not ashamed to say it. They have been good to my family and I do not want any of those people to lose their jobs. Everyone that works there are hard workers and deserve to keep their jobs. They replace the land that they dig up for fertilizer, feed and etc. People everywhere will absolutely be affected by this is they shut them down.
  • by Reality Location: Aurora on May 6, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Most of you thinking you are NOT affected by this will see a devastating blow to the economy if the permits don't happen. Not only will PCS employees be affected but also the business's that supply PCS and there Families and Employees,The Vendors that deal with PCS and as we already know due to the cutbacks when PCS bought out Texas Gulf the town of Aurora is a prime example of the devastating way of the ghost town taken over by drugs and living under the poorest conditions possible, Most of the people living in the closest towns can't work there as they can't pass a drug test. If this is what you want to see by PCS closing down than turn your heads. As far as the new sulfuric plant, It was already underway and approved prior to this last hurdle. PCS employees,contractors and thousands from from all over the country can be affected by this: If you don't believe it watch the news! The economic structure is broken and this could be the last straw.Layoffs started over 2 months ago!Wake Up
  • by 1Skeptic Location: Aurora, N.C. on May 6, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    As I have said before, PCS is not worried about a permit. They are currently spending millions building a new Sulfuric Acid facility. They would not be doing this if they did not already have an inside line on what was happening in D.C. The only reason that this whole permit thing is going on is for propaganda to gain support for FUTURE land and water impact. Furthermore, Beaufort county was here many, many years before PCS, and did just fine. SHUT 'EM DOWN!!!
  • by somewhere in NC Location: Chocowinity on May 5, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    I say lets give them the permit. I stand behind PCS 100%. I will always support PCS in whatever they do. I know alot of people who work there. If it wasn't for them some people wouldn't have a job to go to and with out PCS Beaufort County would be no more. Lets stand behind them and give them the permit.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on May 5, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Where is GK Butterfield? I see he is doing nothing as usual. He should be fighting tooth and nail for this. He is going to back whatever business killing measures the socialist want.
  • by G Location: Chocowinity on May 5, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    Hey "riverman" If they shut it down, half of the employees won't have a home to go be sent to when they can't pay their mortgage. Save a fish or save our county. We see what you care about. Shame on you!
  • by ice Location: NC on May 5, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Army Corps of engineers and EPA have to much power, they control 2 much already that is part of the problem when you try to do anything. I say let them have the permits they need 2 keep the multi billion dollar operation going and keep everyone in jobs. Besides, the fish and other wetland creatures have plenty of other places 2 go without having 2 shut down a large business like PCS.
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