Action ID: 200110096 - Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Division, Aurora Operation
Aurora, Beaufort County, North Carolina
This permit was issued.
The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Phosphate Division, Aurora Operation (PCS) applied for Department of the Army authorization to undertake an approximately 11,909 acre mine advance into an approximately 15,100 acre project area surrounding its current mining operation located north of Aurora, Beaufort County, North Carolina. The proposed expansion would occur over an approximately 37 year period and would impact approximately 4,135 acres of waters of the United States including wetlands adjacent to The Pamlico River, South Creek and Durham Creek. The Purpose and Need for the proposed action is to continue mining its [the applicant’s] phosphate reserve in an economically viable fashion. More specifically, the applicant’s purpose and need is to implement a long-term systematic and cost-effective mine advance within the project area for the ongoing PCS mine operation at Aurora, North Carolina. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division (Corps) has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to examine the impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. Specific plans and location information are fully described in the final EIS (FEIS).
PCS Phosphate Company has contacted the Corps of Engineers Wilmington District concerning planned potential impacts to wetlands and waters of the United States, potentially including navigable waters, needed to continue its phosphate mining operations. The location for these potential impacts may be off of NC 306, adjacent to the Pamlico River, South Creek, and associated tributaries, north of Aurora, in Beaufort County, North Carolina.
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) - (download zip archives) Volume 1 (161 MB); Volume 2 - (20 MB); Volume 3 (140MB)