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.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!