PCS Phosphate Permit Will Stand

PCS Phosphate announced Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow the permit issued to the company in Beaufort County to stand.

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit to PCS Phosphate's plant in Aurora earlier this month. However, the EPA had the opportunity to veto the permit. The EPA has informed the company that the permit will stand.

"After more than eight years in this permitting process, we are obviously pleased to have the 404 wetlands permit in-hand," said Steve Beckel, general manager of the PCS Phosphate Aurora facility. "Yesterday's decision by the EPA demonstrates the company's commitment to protecting the environment for current and future generations."

PCS Phosphate is Beaufort County's biggest employer, with more than 1,000 people on its payroll. The delay in the permitting process forced the company to lay off some workers earlier this year, according to company officials.

Some environmentalist groups worked to stop PCS Phosphate from receiving the permit. They argued PCS Phosphate's expanded mining would endanger wetlands.

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  • by Sam Location: To Mr. fossil on Jun 18, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    If you are so worried about these wetlands, then why don't you just go further down highway 33 to good ole Hobucken, where you still have some wetlands. Stop worrying so much about that little stuff and look at the big picture and notice the number of jobs this will create.
  • by B Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Thank You God!!
  • by environmental concerns on Jun 18, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    its great to be concerned about the environment, but shutting down plants might not always be the answer. especially not in these times! perhaps the plants can be held to a higher standard of environmental responsibility.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Well Mr Fossil, finally one piece of evidence is coming out from you blog. Over 30 years of PCS being here we have never seen a 2 headed shrimp but Now you have found one....right? Can you bring just one shrimp or fish to the NC Dept of Fisheries? It would seem you found something that us on the river have never seen in over my 30 years there. Or, are you saying this will happen after 30 of being in operations there, that "now" there will be two headed shrimp. You should move away from Aurora, you are polluting the wetlands by being there. Your home there, is disturbing the termite population and violates their rights.
  • by Happy Location: Grifton on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    That is good news for the economy I think. Jobs, Jobs and more jobs.
  • by Southern Cross Tattoo Location: Salem va on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Hurray,, The PCS also make wet lands, while they are Mineing,, thay make wet lands in other parts of the County , Sawyers land Develoment, is also working on that in aurora,, so no hurting the shrimp ,, you need to get the facts right.... :}
  • by Mr. Fossil Location: r-rora on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    Folks, you better take your kids fishing while you can, soon you will only see two headed shrimp and deformed fish. God's wetlands are about to be turned into an ugly crater that looks more like the face of the moon than inland, untouched wetlands.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Thank GOD!
  • by Don Location: greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Only 8 years! How many jobs could have been created if they hadn't been forced to wade through all the Bureaucracy?! Too bad so much time and $$$ was wasted. Every dollar spent is a dollar that can't be used to employ someone.
  • by B Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Everyone's prayers have been answered!
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