A new draft air quality renewal for PCS Phosphate makes no mention of a sulfur facility at the Morehead City State Port. But the company says that doesn't mean it has ruled out locating a sulfur storage facility at the port.
Last month residents became concerned about environmental impacts if the company went through with plans to locate the sulfur facility at the port. Governor Beverly Perdue stepped in and said PCS had decided to find another location for the melting operation. But left unclear was whether PCS would also abandon the sulfur storage plans as well.
PCS decided to "take a step back" and says it is still re-evaluating options for sulfur.
Spokeswoman Michelle Vaught says those options include building a sulfur warehouse and melting operation in a port in an adjoining state, build the facility outside the U.S., or build the warehouse at Morehead City and the melting operation in Aurora. She said if that happens it would trigger an entirely new permitting process.
The company uses the Arendell Street facility to store and ship fertilizer products and has had an air quality permit since 2006. The permit renewal is for that existing operation.