Support Mining Bill 3892 to save South Carolina’s Natural, Historic, and Cultural Lands.

Support Mining Bill 3892 to save South Carolina’s Natural, Historic, and Cultural Lands.

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Sophia Mauro started this petition to South Carolina State House and

Now is the time to save South Carolina’s Natural, Historic, and Cultural Resources!

The South Carolina Mining Act created in 1974 needs to be amended.  Countless communities have made their voices heard that our natural lands and rich cultural communities need to be protected from expansive mining efforts and poorly placed landfills.

Reps Yow, Hewitt, McGarryand M.M. Smith have introduced House Bill 3892 on February 21st to do what our State needs.

The following Bill will curtail mining and landfills within 2 miles of these most precious locations.

Summary: Solid waste management and mining, permitting prohibitions
    A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTIONS 44-96-295 AND 48-20-45 SO AS TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL FROM ISSUING ANY PERMIT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY OR FOR MINING ACTIVITIES, RESPECTIVELY, IF LOCATED WITHIN A CERTAIN PROXIMITY TO A PUBLIC PARK OR OTHER PUBLIC NATURAL AREA.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 2, Chapter 96, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 44-96-295.    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the department is prohibited from issuing a permit for construction of any solid waste management facility including, but not limited to, a landfill, a municipal solid waste landfill, a sanitary landfill, or a solid waste disposal facility, pursuant to this article on land located within two miles of any park, preserve, green space, or other protected natural area owned or managed by the United States, the State, a county, a municipality, another political subdivision, or any other public entity."

SECTION    2.    Chapter 20, Title 48 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 48-20-45.    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the department is prohibited from issuing a certificate of exploration, general mining permit, operating permit, or any other certificate or permit pursuant to this chapter for exploration or mining activities on affected land located within two miles of any park, preserve, green space, or other protected natural area owned or managed by the United States, the State, a county, a municipality, another political subdivision, or any other public entity."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Time is running low, for this must be heard by April 10. We need overwhelming support from all of our communities!

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