Horry Co. weighs options on mining site off Highway 501

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) The Infrastructure and Regulation Committee of the Horry County Council will go over the latest mining permit on the table for Carolina Forest on Thursday. If approved, it could affect the area for the next 25 years.

Word is getting out about the application, and based on the details, folks living in the area are making a plea.

"Make sure you weigh all your options and think about all the residents here before you decide on anything," said Dominic Delguerico, who lives near where the mining site could set up.

The county's staff does have some concerns about the proposed mining site for fill dirt, and one of the main concerns is how close it will be to homes.

The application states the site will only be 100 feet away from many people's backyards, but officials say it's not far enough from keeping noise and dust from bothering homeowners. Especially considering the hours-- the company wants to kick up dust starting at 6 a.m. all the way to 9 p.m.

The permit has been approved by the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control, but county officials say they can make some changes. "The council does have the authority to tweak some of the application and some of the additional requirements before they actually approve a permit," said Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier. "So there'll probably be a little bit of give and take. And some additional requirements perhaps put on the applicant."

Mining permits in Horry County aren't anything new, as there are 54 different mining operations in the county right now. This latest permit has some people upset, because it will cause big trucks to drive right into the traffic on Highway 501.

"Traffic's already bad as it is," said James Bennett, who lives near highway 501. "With tourists and everything. So it's just going to cause more problems and more wrecks. You can look out the doors at any time of day, and see a wreck out on 501."

The company trying to get the permit has agreed to widen the roads they'll use to make it easier for the trucks to swing into the flow of traffic. Knowing the fact that large trucks are tough on roads, officials also tell WMBF News they can make the company responsible for any damage to the roadway.

Thursday marks only the beginning of the permit approval process in Horry County. Homeowners will get a chance to voice their opinions, as there will be a public hearing later on in the process.

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