Dana Beach – (843) 853-7388 – [email protected]
Alan Hancock – (843) 781-6144 – [email protected]
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2017
Statement on South Carolina Senate Vote on the Automatic Stay
CHARLESTON, S.C. – In response to a vote in the South Carolina Senate on the automatic stay, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Dana Beach issued the following statement:
“The South Carolina Senate has made it vastly more difficult for citizens to challenge government decisions that could irreversibly harm South Carolina’s saltmarshes, rivers, lakes, and forests.”
We applaud Senator Thomas McElveen of Sumter for his leadership in reducing the amount of damage that this legislation could cause, specifically avoiding another Pinewood situation, where taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars a year for an unwisely permitted hazardous waste landfill on the shores of Lake Marion.
Senator McElveen, in concert with Senator Marlon Kimpson of Charleston County, Senator Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw County, Senator John Matthews of Orangeburg County, Senator Tom Young of Aiken County, Senator Mike Fanning of Fairfield County, and Senator John Courson of Richland County, worked pragmatically to find a solution.
The bill, if signed into law, would remove fundamental protections, enshrined in the South Carolina Constitution, for everyday South Carolinians to question bureaucratic permitting decisions. Combined with a separate bill that limits citizens’ rights to fight nuisances, some in the Legislature are intentionally stacking the deck against South Carolina citizens.”
The Coastal Conservation League is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the coastal resources of South Carolina. Our mission is to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water and traditional communities by working with citizens, local governments and the state legislature.