Speaker Lucas proposes dam safety, inspection changes
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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -
South Carolina's top House lawmaker has proposed more state regulation and inspection of dams two months after historic flooding.
The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1lB4cFZ ) that Speaker Jay Lucas introduced the measure on Thursday, the last day lawmakers could pre-file bills before the session that starts next month.
The proposal would put more smaller dams under state oversight as long as their failure would damage highways, railroads, homes, businesses, utility services or other dams downstream.
Dam safety became a top issue after a historic October rain storm knocked out 32 state-regulated dams and dozens of other dams not under government oversight. Many homes were flooded after more than a foot of rain drenched Richland and Lexington counties.
Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com
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