Pickens Co. Council To Discuss Proposed Coal Ash Dump Site

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – The Pickens County Council will meet Monday night at 6:30 to discuss a proposal to dump tons of coal ash in a landfill near Liberty.

According to the meeting agenda, the council will vote on a resolution on the issue and then go into executive session to get legs advice on the proposal.

North Carolina-based MRR Pickens LLC entered into an agreement with Pickens County in 2007 to build a landfill to dump construction debris. But local lawmakers said the company informed the county a few weeks ago that it also plans to dump coal ash on the site.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, coal ash contains toxic chemicals such as mercury, cadmium and arsenic.

That’s one of the reasons Martin and other members of the Pickens County Legislative Delegation sent a letter to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Dec. 29 urging the agency to deny the company’s permit to dump coal ash on the site.

DHEC said it will not make a final decision on the company’s permit application until it has received public input.

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