Coal ash landfill decision to be continued; Hundreds show up at meeting

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - With an audience of 300 people inside the Colleton County Courthouse Thursday, the zoning board of appeals delayed their decision on SCE&G's proposed coal ash landfill.

The hearing lasted three hours. First on the docket, SCE&G presented its case to the board. After their presentation, they called two witnesses to support the proposed 200-acre coal ash landfill near Walterboro.

Walterboro resident Jim Addison said 60 members of the Colleton County community voiced their opinions aloud in the courthouse. All were opposed to SCE&G's landfill plan.

So many people showed up to voice their opinions against the proposed landfill that officials locked the courtroom doors. County Planning Director Phillip Slater said that allowing anymore people into the courtroom would be a safety hazard.

Slater said the voices of those locked outside will still be heard. He passed out his contact information asking those that wanted a say to email him directly. Those emails will then be added to the official transcript of the hearing.

Due to the amount of testimony by Colleton County residents, the zoning board decided to continue the meeting next month. After all testimony has been received by members of the community, public comment will be closed on the matter.

The next meeting will take place on Feb. 24. At that time, the five-member zoning appeals board will vote on whether SCE&G's coal ash landfill proposal will be accepted in Colleton County.

SCE&G Public Affairs officer Robert Yanity was not able to be reached for comment after the meeting.

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