Southern Asphalt withdraws application for CF sand mine

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A controversial proposal for a sand mine in Carolina Forest has gone up in dust Tuesday afternoon after Horry County officials were notified a request for the project had been withdrawn.

Officials with Southern Asphalt submitted a request to mine approximately 15 acres of sand at the end of Garner Lacy Road in Carolina Forest, which also overlaps an area of wetlands.

The proposed mining site had the potential to affect residents of the Clear Pond and Waterford Plantation subdivisions of Carolina Forest. A closer look at the request also revealed residents in Walkers Woods would also have had to deal with the affects of the mine.

Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth says he was notified by the Horry County Planning Commission that Southern Asphalt withdrew their proposal request via email early Tuesday afternoon.

Jamie McClain, spokesman for Southern Asphalt, says the company decided to withdraw from the plans following numerous complaints voice by residents in Carolina Forest. McClain says officials are eyeing up an alternative site for the project in Marion County.

A community meeting set for Thursday at Carolina Forest High School to discuss the proposal has been cancelled.

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