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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  • by JH Location: Washington on May 7, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    To 1Skeptic in Aurora, how exactly are we taking away our grandchildren's grandchildren's heritage? Despite what a lot of people believe, PCS does rebuild the wetlands. I don't think they would still be open after some 50 odd years or more if they were really polluting or hurting the environment. I can really see environmentalist letting that happen. We should be thankful for this permit especially with the economy like it is now. If PCS closed down I can only imagine what that would do to our taxes in Beaufort Co.
  • by supporter Location: Washington on May 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    to 1skeptic, blah, blah blah. Sounds like you kinda know it all. They still have to wait for the epa, then that could be another 2 years. These people could still be out of a job. i am glad that the us army corp of engineers granted this permit. The mentality that I hear from you is it is "all about me, me." Leave all these people alone and let them earn a living.
  • by 1Skeptic Location: Aurora,N.C. on May 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    As I said all along, the permit was in the bag. PCS would not have continued to spend millions in upgrades and construction if the FIX wasn't in. That's probably what the lay-offs had to finance. I'm happy that all of you are so relieved. Maybe you won't have to live long enough to hear your grandchildren's grandchildren ask why you took away their heritage for your short term gain. CONGRATULATIONS!! G.W. Bush said this, "Heck, take care of today and let them other guys worry about tomorrow". That's real close to the mentality that I see here.
  • by Linda Location: Washington on May 7, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    I sure will be glad when this is all over so my husban can get back to work. He was one of the 24 that got layoff three weeks ago from PCS
  • by lilly Location: williamston on May 7, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Sam...I just don't know what I would do if I didn't have your opinion to help me formulate my own!! Thanks to you, I can be informed, confused, self justified and satisfied all at the same time! Whew. Congratulate your Dad too...He's done a fine job.... (Proof read your submissions, honey.)
  • by Wanda Location: Chocowinity on May 7, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Finally some good news in Beaufort County. Now we can breathe a sigh of relief for a while.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 7, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Good news for Beaufort County and surrounding counties! Thank you for doing the right thing Army Corps of Engineers. Well the Pamlico Tar River Foundation treehuggers can suck on that one. The treehuggers of the EPA better not do anything that will harm PCS in any form or fashion. As far as the fish and wildlife and the marine fisheries people, I expect those two groups will be willing to help out. They tend to make moves that is notorious for helping Eastern North Carolina out it seems like.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 7, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Now all we have to do is hope that the tree huggers at EPA (the same group that started this whole re-review - the same groups that wants to control carbon dioxide) don't get in the way - again... And by the way, how are we going to keep the fizz in Pepsi (or whatever your favorite soft drink or beer is) without carbon dioxide. And what is Weyerhauser going to "feed" their trees if we aren't allowed to have carbon dioxide. And, perhaps most implrtant of all - what are we going to exhale if is isn't carbon dioxide???
  • by JH Location: Washington on May 7, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Well It's about time! As the wife and daughter of PCS employees, I have been praying for this for a while as have a lot of people. Hopefully the rest will go through as needed. I am also thankful for what the government has done to help get this permit. Congratulations PCS!
  • by Anonymous Location: Chocowinity on May 7, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    Well my prayers has been answered. I am so happy for them.Let hope the rest goes through. My hat is off to you PCS. You Rock.
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