Carnes says go slow in decision on landfill

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Brian Carnes

I  would like to express my opposition to the Waste Management/Griffin Brothers landfill in the Kershaw area and my support of the Lancaster County Action Council.
As an advocate of transparency and open government, I feel that the process that led to the decision to allow for the change of this landfill from its original intent to a landfill handling household waste was flawed and not transparent to the citizens of Lancaster County.
Having been involved in the fight in the early 1980’s against Mecklenburg County’s plans to locate a landfill on the border in the Indian Land community, I know firsthand that being united as a community can make a difference.  
While the Mecklenburg landfill (The Foxhole) was eventually permitted and opened in 2000, it was delayed for many years. The groups that opposed it were able to get many concessions from Mecklenburg County in its design and operation.
As a candidate for the S.C. State Senate District 16 seat, if elected, I will work to make the process for permitting landfills open to the public, so that the public is able to have input during all phases of the process.
We need to make sure that the property rights of the neighboring land owners are protected and that we have well thought out plans that cover all aspects of the process. The concerns that have been expressed need to be thoroughly investigated, and we need to make sure that the decisions made are based on sound research and information.
I would urge the Board of Zoning Appeals to listen to the concerns expressed regarding this matter and to slow this process down so that everyone is allowed to give input in order to allow for an informed decision.
Brian Carnes
SC Senate District 16