Soilutions, LLC has requested environmental permits from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to mine sand/clay at a 33-acre site located on Edge Road in Myrtle Beach, approximately 5.5 miles southwest of Wampee, SC. A proposed reclamation plan to restore the site to a pond and grasslands after mining has concluded was submitted with the mine operating permit application.
This webpage has been developed by the DHEC as a community resource and will be updated as new information about the site is made available.
DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received a Mine Operating Permit Application for the Edge Road Mine on January 14, 2022. The BLWM placed the application for the mine operating permit on public notice and began accepting comments in February 2022. A public hearing was requested and will be held by DHEC to accept oral and written comments. The public comment period has been extended and will remain open until after the public hearing is held.
- Public Notice of Intent to Mine (I-002375) – February 15, 2022 - March 9, 2022
A final decision on the mine operating permit will not be made until after review and consideration of all comments received through the end of the public comment period.
The mine operating permit application and other information being considered by the BLWM in the permitting process for the proposed Edge Road Mine are available below.
Mine Operating Permit Application
- Mine Operating Permit Application Transmittal Letter – January 2022
- Application for a Mine Operating Permit (Form MR-400)
- Mine Plan
- Reclamation Plan (Form MR-500)
- Mine Maps (4)
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Topographic Map
- Appendix A – Cultural Resources Reconnaissance Survey – November 2021
- Appendix B – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wetlands Delineation – June 2021
- Appendix C1 – Habitat Assessment
- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Comments - March 17, 2022
- JCA Response to SC DNR Comments
- Signed Councilman Letter
- Well Survey
The May 2022 BLWM public notice and related documents, many of which are duplicated above, can be found here through July 15, 2022.
Questions about the DHEC BLWM mine permitting process may be directed to:
DHEC held a public hearing on June 30, 2022, at 6:30 pm, to accept oral comments on the proposed mine. The hearing was a hybrid with both an in-person and virtual option to allow broader access by interested persons.
- Edge Road Mine Public Hearing Presentation - June 30, 2022
- Edge Road Mine Public Hearing Recording - June 30, 2022
How to Submit Comments
Written comments on the proposed Edge Road Mine will be accepted through July 15, 2022, and should be submitted to:
DHEC’s public comment period will end July 15, 2022. All comments received will be considered before a final permit decision is made. For additional information about the proposed mine or to submit written comments, please contact the below or submit comments online here.
What to Expect After the Public Comment Period Closes
Written comments on the proposed mine application will be accepted through close of business on July 15, 2022.
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 operating permit application. Additional information may also be requested from the applicant, if needed. DHEC then will make a decision to approve or deny a mine operating permit for the Edge Road Mine. DHEC’s final decision will be made available on this webpage and to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list. If a mine operating permit is approved, a summary response to all comments received will also be made available.
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