On behalf of what I know must be thousands of Horry County residents, may I offer a word of support and appreciation to our four state senators, Sens. Dick Elliott, Luke Rankin, Ray Cleary and Yancey McGill, for their fortitude and unity in preventing a national waste hauler, in time, from taking control and possible ownership of our county maintained landfill on S.C. 90. Through their leadership and vision, The Solid Waste Authority’s recycling, community education and low dumping fees will continue uninterrupted.
An exhaustive push by the national haulers, coupled with their funding of more than a dozen lobbyists who were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, persuaded a number of our local House members to fall prey to the industry’s Business Freedom to Choose Act. That act, in my opinion, does nothing beneficial for the citizens, residents and municipalities of our county. Unquestionably, campaign contributions still influence adversely the support for our home county and the best interests of the citizens and businesses whom certain officials have pledged to support.
At election time, remember those who stood to preserve sound environmental principles and send packing those that supported out-of-state garbage coming into our county’s landfill? We all control their seats of power in Columbia. Thanks again, senators.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.