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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