Opposition To Possible PCS Sulfur Plant In Morehead City

Morehead City is hoping to stop the building of a sulfur melting plant along its waters.

PCS Phosphate proposed the construction of the plant at the port of Morehead City next to the city yacht basin.

Last week Morehead City unanimously passed a resolution to stop the development of the sulfur plant. Morehead City mayor Gerald Jones says he is against it because of a lack of communication, lack of information and the location of the plant. Jones says because the site is on a state port, PCS was not obligated to contact the city for any building permits, so he didn't find out about the project until June 7th.

Concerned citizens and businesses in the area have joined together to form the Clean County Coalition in opposition of the plant.

PCS Phosphate says this plant will add 18 jobs to the port where PCS already employs 13 people, and they are required by state law to release no objectionable odors beyond the facility boundary.

The Clean County Coalition will hold a public meeting Tuesday, July 19th from 5:30-8pm at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.


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  • by What the @#$% Location: Local on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    The local government didn't know...really? Why should that surprise anyone. Do we even know how many homes are sold in this area with out a Certificate of Occupancy on file? Are we all so naive? I do not support the building of a Sulfur Plant in our port. I am vehemently against it. Please let Al Delia at Al.Delia@nc.gov , Beb Perdue's assistant, know that we have a NO COMPROMISE, ZERO TOLERANCE position on this plant and that Bev could win or lose the next election on this issue alone.
  • by Puh-Leez on Jul 20, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    It is a shame that retired folks do not care what the local population does for a living. Most of the transplants come from the industrial northeast, where they worked hard their entire lives, made a decent living, and were fortunate enough to be able to retire. However, when it comes to folks that live IN the area that the retirees wish to retire, they do not wish for native folks to live, work, and prosper as they did. It is really quite selfish. I graduated from high school in Pamlico County back in the 80's, and witnessed first-hand the retiree opposition to ALL industrial proposals for that county under the slogan "we want to preserve the quaint undisturbed country feel" of the county. I promptly moved away for employment as did most of my class-mates, taking our lives, families, and tax revenue with us. I am not for all out industrial explosion, but there has to be a change in this attitude or the local population will literally move away or die off leaving behind nothing more than a giant nursing home, but at least it will have a quaint view.
  • by Yankee hater Location: MHC PORT on Jul 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    Why don't you people who come to live here go back NORTH.And for the rest of you, move your butts also! Most of you people who are speeking out are old anyways and probably dont' like kids either.
  • by James R. Howard Location: Beaufort on Jul 20, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    Every 7 to 10 years, we who live and work close to the port have to fight a battle to preserve the environment. Last time, it was the LNG & Ethanol Plant. Before that it wast the "Seven Sisters" who wanted to drill for oil, and put an oil refinery on the Newport River. The port is an ever present danger that is not our friend. The argument from their side is jobs. The LNG / Ethonol Plant would have destroyed our environment and economy, but would have employed 35 minimum wage jobs. The same with the sulfur plant. Our Carteret County representative, Pat McElreft (R) just attempted to push through a bill (HB 308)that would have eliminated monitoring air borne toxins. That is an indication of who is representing us. Of course they don't represent us the citizens, and even though we write their checks, they work for PCS Phosphate, and the turn through the revolving door from government to the corporations is the only step remaining. I, for one would support closing the Port at Morehead City. The port and their priorities make for terrible, destructive neighbors. The history of the port show without a doubt that they are willing, able and eager to destroy our economy and way of life. Once they are able to get something like this approved, well, there won't be anyone around to oppose further plans to turn this place into an industrial wasteland.
  • by lola Location: auroa on Jul 19, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Sulfur stinks - what will this do to tourism?
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      by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:09 PM in reply to lola
      There will be no tourism. Who wants to spend money and smell rotten eggs (which is a nicer description than this smell deserves) all day. Worse, our property values will drop, no one will want to buy our houses and we won't want to live here. Our children will be subjected to this smell and the danger of explosions and fires. And all this for 18 lousy jobs? And nobody in the local government knew about this until today? Somebody got paid off. Somethings stinky about all this.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    create jobs, that what everyone wants, but it must be a certain type of job so that people don't get upset if the jobs come. like kennedy was all for wind power, until a wind farm was proposed near his home then he wasn't for it at all.
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      by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:14 PM in reply to
      I'd rather have a hundred, or even a thousand wind mills in my area than ONE STINKY SULPHUR PLANT. It's even WORSE THAN NUCLEAR because the stink is all day, every day, the risk is all day every day, and there's literally no government regulation. This is the SINGLE WORST NEWS I've heard ever.
  • by nada on Jul 18, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    Wait till all those little old ladies around Morehead get wind of this.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    last I heard, the PCS plant at Aurora employees 1000 people !! That's a huge asset to our area. Why would we want to stop them from growing and hiring more people ??
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      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 at 03:25 PM in reply to
      this will only employee 18 people at most. If a tropical storm comes through and that liquid spills into the water then a whole lot more jobs will be lost.
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        by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:05 PM in reply to
        McDonalds employs more people than that. This is the single worst news I've heard. Fellow MHC residents, hope you don't owe alot on your house cause it won't be worth a nickel once this plant comes.
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      by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:03 PM in reply to
      Ever been downwind from a sulphur plant? SULPHUR STINKS! That's why they need 150 foot smoke stacks and filtering systems. The entire area for miles around will stink. Tourism will crash and property values will drop through the floor.
  • by employee Location: beaufort Co on Jul 18, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Its not an acid melting plant at all... its solid sulfur powder that will be heated and melted into a liquid and shipped to the Aurora site to be made into acid
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      by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to employee
      SULPHUR STINKS and is DANGEROUS. Don't let these people fool you, they wouldn't spend the money on a 150' smoke stack if it didn't stink to high heaven. Your children will be at risk, your property values will drop, and tourism will disappear. This company just turned our quiet town into a ghetto.
  • by Poor Broke Idiot on Jul 18, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Please stop this - Heaven forbid we have the opportunity for jobs in this terrible economy. "sarcasm"
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      by MHC Resident on Jul 19, 2011 at 05:11 PM in reply to Poor Broke Idiot
      Of all the kinds of companies they could have let move into our quiet little town, it had to be a SULPHUR PLANT??? Everyone needs to let the state, county and local governments that the people DO NOT SUPPORT THIS!
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