Current Status Introducing Body:
HouseBill Number: 3740Primary Sponsor: McElveenCommittee Number: 20Type of Legislation: JRSubject: Pinewood hazardous waste landfillResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental AffairsComputer Document Number: NO5/7397.BDIntroduced Date: Mar 28, 1991Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: Mar 28, 1991Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: McElveen Sheheen G. Brown McLeod Baxley Corbett Hallman KeeganType of Legislation: Joint Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3740 House Mar 28, 1991 Introduced, read first time, 20 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
DIRECTING THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO CONTRACT WITH AN INDEPENDENT FIRM TO CONDUCT AN INSPECTION AND EVALUATION OF THE PINEWOOD HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL AND TO RECOMMEND REPAIRS AND OTHER APPROPRIATE ACTION UPON COMPLETION OF THE EVALUATION TO ASSURE THAT EXISTING LEAKS ARE SEALED, THAT NO NEW LEAKS WILL OCCUR, AND THAT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE THAT HAS OCCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE COLLAPSED BERM AND RUPTURED LINER HAS BEEN CORRECTED.
Whereas, it was reported to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that a sixty foot berm collapsed and a protective plastic liner ruptured at Laidlaw Environmental Services' Pinewood hazardous waste landfill; and
Whereas, since the report, five or more additional tears also have been discovered in the protective plastic liner; and
Whereas, thousands of tons of hazardous waste are stored at the Pinewood facility; and
Whereas, the escape of any hazardous materials from the facility could cause irreversible environmental damage to the surrounding area; and
Whereas, no determination has been made on the causes or effects of the tears in the protective plastic liner; and
Whereas, it is imperative to have the landfill facility thoroughly inspected to assure that no possibility of leakage and resulting environmental damage exists; and
Whereas, it is the duty of state government to protect and safeguard the health of the citizens and the environment of South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly of South Carolina directs the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to contract with an independent firm to conduct an inspection and evaluation of the Pinewood hazardous waste landfill and to recommend repairs and other appropriate action upon completion of the evaluation to assure that existing leaks are sealed, that no new leaks will occur, and that environmental damage that has occurred as a result of the collapsed berm and ruptured liner has been corrected.
SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.