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New law brings big changes to selling, purchasing copper

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - A new statewide law aiming at trimming down copper theft is bringing big changes to copper sales at area scrap metal yards.

In June, Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) signed House Bill 3660 that will go into effect on August 17. The bill will require anyone wishing to transport or sell non-ferrous metal, which includes copper and catalytic converters, must first obtain a permit.

Officials say the two different types of permits involved in the new regulations are free to the public. People wishing to sell metals like copper have the option of applying for a 1-year permit or a 48-hour permit.

Those wishing to obtain a permit in Horry County must provide a form of photo identification and complete an application at their local law enforcement agency.

Scrap metal yards, like Waccamaw Metal Recycling in Myrtle Beach, are also now required to obtain a $200 permit to purchase non-ferrous metals. The permit, according to Horry County officials, is renewable every two years.

The law signed into action is also making it unlawful to transport by vehicle or posses non-ferrous metals of "an aggregate weight of more than 10 pounds." Should a person violate the provision, they will be guilty of a misdemeanor and pay a $200 penalty for their first offense.

Officials say the new law does not apply to "a holder of a retail business license, an authorized wholesaler, contractor licensed pursuant to law or a gas, electric, communications, water, plumbing, electrical or climate conditioning service provider."

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