No New Wastewater Discharge on the Edisto River without a Public Hearing!
  • Petitioned Catherine Templeton
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Director of SC DHEC
Catherine Templeton
Director of Stormwater, Construction, Agriculture and Dams Permitting Division
Ann Clark
See response

No New Wastewater Discharge on the Edisto River without a Public Hearing!

    1. Friends of the Edisto (FRED)
    2. Petition by

      Friends of the Edisto (FRED)

      Columbia, SC

December 2012


From Friends of the Edisto, Inc. FRED (a non-profit organization): In late September, Friends of the Edisto (FRED) learned that the Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority had applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for a permit to construct a nine mile long outfall line to enable a poultry processing plant in Saluda to ship sewerage into the Edisto River Basin for treatment at a small, inadequate facility near the town of Batesburg-Leesville and discharge into creeks that form the headwaters of the North Edisto River! We learned that DHEC could grant this permit quickly without so much as a public hearing! The FRED Board resolved to push back and oppose this application. The first step was to argue that DHEC should take no action until a public hearing could be held. While activists had asked the Batesburg-Leesville Town Council for a hearing, their answer was to bull ahead for the permit. We turned to the public and appealed for citizens to petition DHEC to ask the people first. Petition letters started pouring in, and it took DHEC only a matter of hours to agree to hold a public hearing before any decision could be made on the permit application. Over 730 petitioners emailed the DHEC Commissioner before the hearing could be held November 20. Without the help of and the petitioners, we would not have had an opportunity to be heard.

The Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority (SCWSA) has applied for a permit to construct a wastewater disposal pipeline to export wastewater to the Batesburg-Leesville Wastewater Treatment Plant for disposal into the headwater creeks feeding the North Edisto River.

Serious questions have been raised about the net effect on these fragile waterways. Ann Clark, director of the DHEC Permitting Division that could issue the permit, indicates that a decision to issue the permit could be reached in a matter of a few weeks without a public hearing on negative effects to the River.

The Board of Directors of Friends of the Edisto (FRED) has voted unanimously to oppose this plan which would substantially increase disposal of wastewater pumped from outside the Edisto River basin and into the headwaters of the North Edisto River.

FRED feels strongly that DHEC should not grant this permit without an opportunity for input from the public.

Please join FRED and sign this petition to ask DHEC to hold a public hearing before considering this action to issue this permit. Your opinion could help convince key decision-makers at DHEC that a hearing should be conducted.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 700 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Ann Clark responds:

      Ann Clark

      The Department appreciates your interest concerning the applications that we have received for the construction of a sewer line from Saluda County to the Batesburg-Leesville Wastewater Treatment Facility. As you requested, a formal publi...

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bill Whisnant CHARLESTON, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      Once you let one group start dumping it sets a President for others to follow. I have two grand kids that I hope will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the Edisto. Once gone its gone

    • Halie Stevenson CHARLESTON, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      I Swim in that river!

    • Jennifer Brown GREENVILLE, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      We love the Edisto River!

    • Bethany Jaenicke MT. PLEASANT, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      It is absolutely essential that we take our job as stewards of the environment seriously. It is terrifying to think that companies would have the audacity to make decisions that affect the public without their knowledge or input.

    • Christopher Hanson MOUNT PLEASANT, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      Please do not let the wetlands be poisoned by wastewater.


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