PCS: Still Waiting On Final EPA Decision

There is still no final word from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency whether one of Beaufort County's largest employers will get a new mining permit.

Monday night was supposed to be the deadline for the EPA to veto the new permit for PCS Phosphate.

Eleven days ago the Army Corps of Engineers gave the company a new permit, with the understanding that the EPA had 10 days to veto.

A PCS spokeswoman told WITN News that the EPA is apparently still reviewing its decision and is preparing a written statement right now.

PCS has been fighting for a new permit for eight years. Environmentalists argue the company's plan for expansion would damage area fisheries and wetlands.


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  • by Resident Location: Blounts Creek on Jun 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    The EPA should not be able to veto the permit now, they missed the set deadline. If PCS missed a deadline the government would hold it against them for sure. The EPA is just trying to hold the permit up as long as they can!
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Jun 16, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    With so many industries in the private sector closing up shop and moving from this state it blows my mind that politicians, Governor Bev for example, isn't doing everything they can do to keep what private industry that is here, here and be able to keep individuals in this state employed. Private sector is the backbone of this states tax base, and without individuals having jobs in the private sector to pay taxes there will always be a budget shortfall because people who do not have money can't pay ALL of the taxes this state requires. Will someone please explain to me why the leaders of this state aren't doing more to keep 1,500 tax paying citizens employed? PCS has been fighting this thing for 8 yrs now and it just doesn't make much since to me..
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