Quarry Foes Get DHEC Meeting

WINNSBORO – Members of a group of local citizens opposed to a granite quarry slated for a plot of land off Rockton Thruway will have an informal meeting with representatives of the S.C. Department of Environmental Control (DHEC) next week.

Dorothy Brandenburg, who heads the group, announced the meeting Monday night while appearing before County Council’s Presentation Committee. Tuesday, DHEC confirmed that a meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 26 at 3 p.m. at the County Administration Building.

“Our goal is to provide as much factual information as possible and answer whatever questions are posed by this small group of residents,” a DHEC spokesperson said Tuesday. “At this meeting, the residents will help us determine if a larger community meeting would be helpful prior to a public hearing.”

Brandenburg said Monday night that an invitation was also extended to Winnsboro Crushed Stone, LLC, the applicant for the mining permit.

“As we move forward, if they come in here we don’t want to be that thorn in their side that never includes them on anything,” Brandenburg said Monday. “That just causes problems in the long run. We want to be on as good a standing as we can in case they do come in because we want to make sure they’re doing what they need to be doing.”