PCS Permit Renewal Doesn't Mention Sulfur At State Port

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.


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  • by Daniel Forbes on Aug 20, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    There are no jobs to be had anywhere. I know people that have been looking for a job for mounths and can't find one. PCS wants to build a plant to give people jobs and a hand full of people will stop it. Geuss that hand full of people want be happy till we are all in a soup line begging for food.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Hug a tree.......lose some jobs and revenue. You retired Yankees are ruining the state.
  • by Bobby on Aug 19, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    Not going to argue anymore with the Jersey retirees and their uneducated claims ("there's going to be a green haze over Morehead City!" LOLOLOL). But doggone it, MHC, it's "losing", not "loosing".
  • by Dave on Aug 19, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    What part of "PORT" don't y'all get.??? It's not like industry is flocking to eastern NC.....oh wait...now I understand.....
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Aug 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Smart move!!!! I guess they are unaware that they are, as we write, discussing consolidating the 2 state ports in Wilmington. This should make the decision much easier.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    For years there were fish factories in Beaufort. They would cook them there and it would stink to high heaven.
  • by MHC Resident on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    THANK GOODNESS! Sulfur processing and storage so close to homes and businesses relying on tourism was a bad idea from the start. Had this been brought to the public's attention 1-2 years ago when it first was being planned, it would have never gotten this far. Yes, we the residents and business owners want new businesses here in Morehead City but not at the risk of loosing our home values, our clean environment and those businesses that are already here. THANK GOODNESS!!
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      by BOB on Aug 20, 2011 at 07:18 AM in reply to MHC Resident
      If I were a resident of MHC I would love to loose some home value. i.e. lower property taxes, lower insurance rates...why are you complaining about paying less?
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    I hope the nuts that were complaining are happy. They have caused Carteret County to loose out on a source of revenue for the county, not to mention the added jobs.
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      by MHC Resident on Aug 19, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to Anonymous
      Only the state received revenues from PCS, not the county nor the city. As for jobs, PCS claimed they would bring 18 jobs, fewer than a typical McDonalds or Bojangles. Nobody who lives and works here believes that what we have now is worth loosing in exchange for 18 jobs. That plant would have closed dozens of local businesses and every business and homeowner in the county would suffer. As I posted before, we are pro business, but it has to be responsibly planned and not cause its neighboring residents and businesses to suffer.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Aug 19, 2011 at 03:15 PM in reply to MHC Resident
        Obviously, a person with a job....just think of yourself...where is your proof? Again, as usual a post from a blitherskite. These new regs are choking out companies that are moving elsewhere....please get it before its too late..
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          by saywha? on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          As always, snake oil thinks he knows what is best for everyone, even those who live in the impact area. Based on what I saw of the plan, the majority of those 18 jobs would be folks brought in to work as many of the jobs would require expertise that none in the local labor pool would have. Mix that with the impact on local business and it would have a negative effect on the community. Why is that so hard to understand?
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          by Obama Snake Oil co on Aug 20, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Really? Well then, if you would be so kind to post a fact supporting you blithering point of view then maybe, some of us would be swayed. However, you don't have one. I have seen the attacks on PCS over the years as I am local to the plant...that means, close by. I fish off their beach at different times of the year since I know the water is clean like everyone else that lives here. Only the tree huggers are the ones screaming foul as usual. Yet they have no facts to support their outrage just like this story. No facts, just outrage. I am sorry to go against you socialist agenda, but We live in America where capitolism is a way of life. A company should be free to do as they wish as long as they stick to the rules. Not theory, if, could, maybe...like so many in this state that see unemployement as a serious problem, you fluff it off. Well, this sends a message to others, not just the 18 jobs.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to MHC Resident
        It is people with this type of uneducated thinking that are hindering growth. Your claim that the plant would cause dozens of local businesses to close are ridiculous. Maybe a McDonalds or Bojangles would employ more people but you should be thankful that anyone is trying to provide employment opportunities! Those 18 people could be spending the money they earned in your local businesses. You really should try to understand the entire process that PotashCorp was trying to bring to the port. You, as well as all the other folks who were so vocal at the press conference have no idea of what they were proposing. Your fears are baseless and now the county you live in has to suffer.
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          by MHC Resident on Aug 20, 2011 at 02:46 AM in reply to Anonymous
          You obviously don't live anywhere near here. The location PCS wanted to build the smelter was directly across the street of several vacation / residential condos, a couple of yacht clubs, multiple restaurants, and upwind (during prevailing SW winds) of hundreds of homes in Beaufort. All these businesses and homes would suffer an immediate impact from the smelter's stink. The surrounding home values and businesses would also suffer as Morehead City's landscape changed from clean aired fishing / tourist attraction to heavy, smoke ridden industrial area. Every local government official (all Republicans mind you) were on record as being against this plan. Every economic development group, from the chamber of commerce to the real estate agents, were against the plan. The only people in favor of the plan were those who would benefit financial from it, PCS employees and investors. It was a bad plan for Morehead City and it never should have gotten as far as it did. I and everyone here in Morehead City, can breath a sigh of relief knowing that PCS's plans are over. Shame on you, PCS, for trying to sneak this plan through without public scrutiny and shame on whoever helped you to keep it secret!
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