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Mound of garbage won’t improve our economy

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There has been much written concerning Griffin Brothers Enterprises and its proposal for a solid waste landfill on the site on Mineral Mining Road where they already have an industrial landfill.
One of their proposed enticements to Lancaster County officials was the olive branch of a $20 million investment and the promise of creating 15-20 permanent jobs for Lancaster residents at minimum wages mostly.
Imagine, Lancaster residents being the proud owners of $20 million worth of household garbage and lots of that hauled in from North Carolina.
As to jobs, 15-20 minimum wage jobs is not such a big deal when Lancaster has hundreds of unemployed. I also haven’t heard any mention of anything in the way of a benefit package for those future employees.
We are a small county in South Carolina, but we don’t need the Griffin Brothers to help us out of the economic hole by putting two states’ garbage in a big hole on Mineral Mining Road.
I don’t know what kind of soil is in the Mineral Mining Road area, but if it’s anything like the gummy clay dirt in my yard it is very resistant to absorbing anything.
When I saw the picture of the current Griffin Brothers Construction and Debris Landfill on Mineral Mining Road in the Feb. 16 edition of The Lancaster News, tears filled my eyes.
The picture brought back memories of a solid waste and household garbage landfill in Virginia. The Griffin site in the picture looked just like the barren site in Virginia. The owners used methods designed to take care of, or camouflage, the earth’s gases, but nothing worked very well.
One could stand and watch sickening yellow or stringy purple stuff ooze from barren mound as though the earth had a torturous illness.
My niece told me about another site in her town that faired little better. The site owners installed more updated equipment in an attempt to sedate the mammoth amount of gases tons of household garbage produce. They also planted grass.
After the site was closed, local officials gave permission for a small mall to be built on that site. There is a Wendy’s among the businesses at that mall. Folks sitting in Wendy’s eating their burgers sometimes feel the floor move or vibrate beneath their feet.
After many complaints, officials were asked to find the cause of the moving floor. The investigators wrote in their report that gases must find a way to escape and the equipment implanted within the earth couldn’t always handle the great buildup of gases. The moving floor in Wendy’s was caused by the earth belching. Customers unofficially renamed the mall Mount Trashmore.
Yes, we need industry, but not in the form of a solid waste landfill.