PCS Phosphate To Receive Permit To Expand

PCS Phosphate in Beaufort County should receive its long-sought-after permit to expand within a couple of weeks.

The Army Corps of Engineers has given PCS Phosphate the green light to expand its mining operations, according to the Washington Daily News Thursday.

The company began the application process for the permit 8 years ago, but red flags about how the proposed expansion would impact the wetlands in the area of the aurora plant complicated the effort. The Daily News says there could still be a few minor changes to the expansion permit after the Army Corps of Engineers meets with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and PCS Phosphate.

The company in Aurora is Beaufort County's biggest employer, with more than 1,000 people on the payroll.

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