DLI Plantation Egeria Mine

Dorchester Logistics, Inc. has requested to modify environmental permits from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for a sand/clay mine located off Beidler Forest Road approximately 5.8 miles east of Harleyville, S.C. in Dorchester County. 


Mining 

DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received a modification to mine operating permit I-002170 for the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine on October 7, 2020. The BLWM placed the modification to the mine operating permit on public notice and began accepting comments in November 2020.  A public hearing was requested December 4, 2020 and acknowledged on December 9, 2020.  A virtual public hearing will be held on June 3, 2021. Written comments on the mine application will be accepted through June 15, 2021, and should be submitted by email or US Mail to: 

Wendy Hamilton, Project Manager 
DHEC Bureau of Land and Waste Management 
2600 Bull Street | Columbia, SC  29201 
Email: hamiltws@dhec.sc.gov 

A final decision on the mine operating permit will not be made until after review and consideration of all comments received through June 15, 2020. DHEC's final mining permit decision and summary response to all written comments received will be made available to everyone on DHEC's mailing list for the proposed modification to the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine. 

The approved permit/ Reclamation Plan and information being considered in the BLWM permitting process for the proposed modification to the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine are available below: 

The November 2020 BLWM public notice and related documents, many of which are duplicated above, can be found here through June 15, 2020. Information and documents related to the coastal zone consistency certification and water quality permit for the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine are available below. 

Questions about BLWM's mine permitting process may be directed to: 

Wendy Hamilton 
Phone: (803) 898-1368 
Email: hamiltws@dhec.sc.gov 

Coastal Zone Consistency 

DHEC issues Coastal Zone Consistency (CZC) certifications of state permits that operate in the coastal zone of South Carolina. The certification is issued through DHEC's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) and is based on the enforceable policies contained within the SC Coastal Zone Management Program.  OCRM's certification is provided to DHEC's Mining permitting program prior to a final decision on either a permit or general permit being made. 

OCRM is currently reviewing the proposed DLI Plantation Egeria Mine to meet the requirements for CZC. 

Questions about the CZC certification and the OCRM 's certification process may be directed to: 

Christopher Stout 
Phone: (843) 953-0691 
Email: stoutcm@dhec.sc.gov 

Water Quality  

DHEC issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to minimize environmental impacts from stormwater runoff and other water discharges that may occur during construction and operation of a facility.  

DHEC's Bureau of Water (BOW) issued initial coverage for the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine under its NPDES General Permit for Discharges Associated with Nonmetal Mineral Mining Facilities on April 29, 2008 and approved an ownership change in September 2016 and a modification request associated with an expansion to 24 acres in January 2018. On May 4, 2021, DHEC's BOW received an updated Notice of Intent (NOI) form for this latest proposed expansion. This request is still under review.

Questions about the NPDES permit and the BOW's permitting process may be directed to:   

Brett Caswell  
Phone: (803) 898-4396  
Email: caswelbm@dhec.sc.gov 

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is an important component of the environmental permitting process that provides DHEC with valuable input from nearby communities and allows us to hear comments, concerns and questions before a final permit decision is made. The input that DHEC staff receives from community members can result in additional review, research and consideration of issues unique to a specific site or facility by DHEC staff. For communities that are impacted by a regulated facility our Community Engagement activities often continue after our formal public comment period closes. 

As part of the permitting process, DHEC engages surrounding communities and the general public prior to making a final permit decision in order to: 

  1. Provide information about proposed environmental activities in their communities; 
  2. Give community members and other interested parties an opportunity to submit relevant information to DHEC for consideration prior to making a final permit decision; and 
  3. Provide an opportunity to bring other concerns to the attention of DHEC and the applicant. 

DHEC values all comments received during the permitting process and is committed to addressing and considering all relevant information prior to making a final permit decision. Public input is an important part of the permitting process and sometimes results in changes to permit conditions and operational practices if a permit is issued. 

Virtual Public Hearing – June 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm 

DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) held a virtual public hearing on June 3, 2021, at 6:30 pm, to accept comments on the proposed modification of the DLI Plantation Egeria Mine located in Dorchester County.   

DHEC staff provided a presentation about the proposed modification and received public comments for the record. The presentation and a recording of the hearing are available below:

How to Submit Comments 

Written comments will also be accepted through July 15, 2021, and should be submitted to: 

Wendy Hamilton, Project Manager 
DHEC Bureau of Land and Waste Management 
2600 Bull Street | Columbia, SC 29201 
Phone: (803) 898-1368 
Email: hamiltws@dhec.sc.gov 

What to Expect After the Public Comment Period  

Written comments on the proposed mine modification will be accepted through close of business on July 15, 2021. 

Once the public comment period closes, DHEC will review and consider all comments received and determine if any modifications should be made to the mine permit application. DHEC’s final decision to approve or deny a modification of Mine Operating Permit I-002170 for the DLI, Inc. Plantation Egeria Mine will be made available to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list and posted on this webpage.  Summary responses to all comments will also be provided.  

If you would like to be on our mailing list, please complete the registration form

Stay Connected

DHEC is committed to providing meaningful ways to hear the questions and concerns of community members and share information on our permitting processes.  

DHEC is offering multiple ways to connect with our staff prior to and including the virtual public hearing.  Please let us know if you are interested or have questions about connecting with our staff via one or more of these options in the coming weeks:   

  • Speaking to someone by phone.  
  • Submitting a comment or question in writing by mail, fax, or email. 
  • Receiving additional information by mail, fax, or email. 

Additionally, we hope the following information will provide a better understanding of  quarry operations and how you can be involved in DHEC’s decision-making processes: 

Please visit the Industry Notebook: Quarry Operations for additional information about quarry operations and how they are regulated.  For information on current or previous sites of public interest, visit DHEC's Ongoing Environmental Projects webpage. 

Additional DHEC Contacts 

To speak with local DHEC staff, please contact:

Jonathan Summa
DHEC Lowcountry Environmental Affairs Office
Phone: (843) 953-0150
Email: summajt@dhec.sc.gov

For information on current or previous sites of public interest, visit DHEC's Environmental Sites of Interest webpage

Questions about community engagement in DHEC 's BLWM permitting processes may be directed to:  

Donna Moye 
Phone: (803) 898-1382 
Email: moyedd@dhec.sc.gov