PICKENS COUNTY — The Pickens County legislative delegation has sent a letter of protest to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, stating their opposition to a permit variance request that would allow the disposal of coal ash at a landfill in Liberty.
The letter, written by Sen. Larry Martin and dated Dec. 29, 2015, cites the delegation’s vehement opposition and is signed by Martin and Rep. David Hiott. Rep. Neal Collins confirmed that he signed it and Rep. Gary Clary said he had “signed a copy and placed a cover letter with it to forward to Director (Catherine) Heigel” of DHEC.
The letter asks the department to deny the North Carolina-based MRR Southern LLC a permit to allow the disposal of the residue in Pickens County. It cites concerns for broad ecological and health related concerns, including the county’s lack of knowledge of MRR’s intent to use the landfill for this purpose.
According to the letter, Pickens County Council entered into an agreement with MRR Southern LLC in 2007 for the construction of the landfill in Liberty when its own construction and debris landfill was nearing capacity. It also stated that coal ash is not produced in Pickens County nor is it typical of the materials placed in a construction and debris landfill.
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