I, the average American, write this letter to warn all citizens of South Carolina about our state becoming a garbage state instead of a tourist state. A bill, H. 3290, is in the Senate Medical Affairs Committee that will take away all counties’ home rule authority, and it means each county in South Carolina will lose their home rule.
This bill involves giant landfill and waste companies and corporations that are either in South Carolina or are trying to locate in South Carolina. Some say it started with the influx of large chicken and hog farms and the Department of Health and Environmental Control, that’s supposed to look out for S.C. citizens but instead supports large companies from out of state like MRR Southern, which we in Marlboro County have been fighting for nearly eight years.
Our Marlboro County Chairman Ron Munnerlyn said it’s bad enough that MRR actions have forced the county to spend hundreds of thousands, but what is absolutely ludicrous is that we have to spend money to fight DHEC, a state agency.
In case you don’t know what’s happening, they want to bring all the garbage from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia into our county for the next 30 to 35 years by rail and trucks. A bill was put in by Senate Gerald Malloy that would have stopped all garbage coming into South Carolina but it was stopped by five Republicans.
The Republicans control our state and five Republicans killed Malloy’s bill. One of the Republicans was Jeff Duncan, now the congrssman from the 3rd District.
We want clean air and water and all the garbage from the East Coast will stop that. This mega dump will be the biggest in the United States. Munnerlyn and Dr. Carolyn Prince fought hard and back us, the concerned citizens of Marlboro County. We were being sued by MRR Southern and a lot of us had to go in front of the judge for protecting our air, water and lands.
The Senate Medical Affairs Committee is made up of seven Republicans and seven Democrats. I have called all 14 members of the committee and spoke to three and they said yes to keep mega dump out.
It’s like the guns. Most all Senate and House members want to stop the killing of our children, but party and money stop them. To sum this letter up, if you’re a senator or a House member, you work for us, the citizens of South Carolina, and we told you we don’t want that dirty garbage from the East Coast.
We are watching you.
The writer lives in Bennettsville.