PCS Phosphate Reaches Safety Milestone; Permit Decision Delayed Again

While PCS Phosphate learns of yet another delay in its new mining permit, the Aurora plant does have something to brag about.

The company says it recently reached one million safe work hours without a lost-time accident. The company says a lost-time accident is an at-work injury serious enough for the employee to miss work.

The company says the million hours covers a five-month period from December 23, 2008 to May 8th. The last time this milestone was achieved was on September 28, 2008.

"This is a tribute to the safety focus of everyone who works at the Aurora facility," said Steve Beckel, general manager of the PCS Phosphate - Aurora facility. "It is only through their hard work and dedication to working safely each and every day that this accomplishment was achieved."

Meanwhile, the company says a decision on its new mining permit has been delayed again.

PCS says it was notified Friday morning that the Assistant Secretary for the Army has instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to delay issuance of the wetlands permit until next Wednesday.

PCS says no further details have been provided to them about the latest delay.

PSC employs some 1,100 employees at its Aurora facility.

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  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Rick and Ernest, you guys got to be brothers, at least same momma. Earnest, how long do you think you could live without phosphate? Rick, how long could you survive without profit? If a company cain't make a profit they close and people lose jobs. People lose jobs, they lose their homes. Meanwhile people like you and Ernest cain't seem to understand why there is so many people out of work. You people want to hug trees? go to china where all our jobs are going and hug their trees.
  • by Bug Location: Washington on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    The Pamlico River is very healthy. I don't understand where "destroying the environment" and "environmentally damaging" comes from. I live off of the Pamlico in an estuary and see so much wildlife I think, "How stupid can you people get?" I guess you'd rather go out of the country again and get our resources like we've done with gas & oil. It would probably be cheeper for PCS to go over seas. Not have to worry about the EPA, COE, State and Government officials, worker's comp, minimum wage. Our country's "change" is here. I don't like it, but we have to live with it. Why don't you unhealthy watchers of the river get a life.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on May 31, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I hope the COE and EPA can convince PCS to accept a less environmentally damaging and maybe a bit less profitable alternative for their mining.
  • by Earnest Location: Richlands on May 29, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    That is really nice. They have managed to destroy the environment without a single lost-time employee accident. I remember "Red Tide" and the death of many marine creatures. Let's face it. Without a safe and healthy estuary, jobs will not be important. Life on Earth will fail to exist. This is our Planet that we are destroying for profit. Who's profit ?

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