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Angry crowd rips DHEC

Sep 9, 2011 10:18:00 AM - thestate.com
Sewage-tainted groundwater, nasty odors and swarming gnats are some of the problems Pelion-area residents say they’ve dealt with since state regulators allowed a large waste dump to open in their community more than 20 years ago.

Now, it’s time for the C.E. Taylor sewage disposal site to close for good, folks said during a public meeting Thursday night in Lexington County. The site has had a poor track record since receiving a state permit in 1989 to operate, state regulators were told.

“There has not been close supervision’’ by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, former Pelion Mayor Elsie Rast-Stuart said.

“It is, to me, a detriment to the community. We feel very much betrayed by DHEC and by Mr. Taylor. He had 20 years to get it right.’’

Rast-Stuart, who served as Pelion mayor from 1980 to 1992, sued unsuccessfully in the early 1990s to stop the sewage dump from opening. She was among more than 50 people who pressed DHEC for answers Thursday about the 287-acre Taylor disposal ground. Virtually everyone who spoke at the meeting was critical of the S.C. 302 sewage dump and of DHEC’s efforts to oversee compliance with pollution laws.

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