The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“SCDHEC”) is holding a public hearing and seeking comments on a proposed new Mining General Permit – GP1.  This General Permit covers mines of only topsoil or sand/clay that are not located in wetlands or other sensitive environmental or historic areas, that are five acres and a depth of twenty feet or less, and that do not process material. The new permit would change requirements for financial assurance, maps and the application fee.  Interested parties may access the proposed new permit here.

SCDHEC is hosting a public hearing to receive comments on August 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Peeples Auditorium at SCDHEC, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC.  The deadline for written comments is September 9, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  Comments are to be submitted to:

SCDHEC/BLWM
Attn: Joan F. Litton
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803-898-1362
Email:  AskMines@dhec.sc.gov