Congressman Jones calls for removal of EPA regulation impacting Aurora mine


WASHINGTON - Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has asked the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to review a new regulation that could impact the phosphate mine in Aurora.

Jones called on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to review a new regulation that may threaten the viability of Potash, located in Aurora. The company is the main employer for the town and Jones believes the regulation could impact the future of the company.

The regulation, finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, would force operators of the mine to install what Jones believe is "a costly, unproven new technology to limit mercury emissions," according to a press release from his office. The press release also states "the regulation was put in place despite the EPA's determination that pre-existing regulations were already sufficient to protect public health.

In a letter to Pruitt (click here to read the letter), Jones asked Pruitt to review the regulation for possible revision or elimination.

"This one just doesn't make sense," Jones said in a press release. "Putting 850 jobs at risk for no meaningful public health benefit is unacceptable. It's a perfect example of the regulatory overreach that is shackling our nation.

"I hope the administrator will see fit to remove this unnecessary threat to one of the key drivers of the Eastern North Carolina economy."

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