Fairfield I-77 Quarry Virtual Public Hearing
DHEC will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry on August 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The public hearing will be held virtually using an online platform. This platform will provide interested persons the opportunity to participate remotely. Anyone who plans to participate in the public hearing should complete the registration form prior to August 5, 2021.
Interested persons may participate in the public hearing online, by phone, or in person at: Geiger Elementary School, 150 TM Cook Ln, Ridgeway, SC 29130. Additional information on how to participate in the hearing can be found below.
The hearing will open at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Please come back to this page at that time for information on how to join the hearing by phone or by computer.
Luck Stone Corporation has requested environmental permits from DHEC to mine granite at a site located in the vicinity of the intersection of S.C. Highway 34 and Simpson Circle in Fairfield County, approximately 3.5 miles west of Ridgeway, South Carolina (TMS #166-00-00-028-000, 166-00-00-018-000, and 166-00-00-030-000). A proposed reclamation plan to restore the site to lake/pond, grassland, and commercial has been submitted with the application.
DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received the Mine Operating Permit Application on March 16, 2021. A Notice of Intent to Mine and a public comment period for the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry was advertised in the Voice of Fairfield County newspaper on April 15, 2021, and again on April 22, 2021. The notice was also mailed to adjacent landowners, government and regulatory agencies, and other interested parties.
The mine operating permit application and other information considered in the BLWM permitting process for the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry are available below:
- Cover Letter
- MR- 400 Application
- MR-500 Reclamation Plan
- Site Maps
- Hydrogeologic Report
- Erosion & Sediment Control
- Parcels Survey
- USACE Jurisdictional Determination
- Cultural Resource Report
- Threatened & Endangered Species Report
- Ground Water Monitoring Plan
- Intent to Mine
- Memo to Adjacent Land Owners
- Updated Erosion & Sediment Control Maps
- Acknowledgement of Public Hearing
- Comments from SC Dept of Natural Resources
- Memo and Notice of Public Hearing
- Well & Pond Survey Form
- Comments from State Historic Preservation Office
- Intensive Cultural Resources Report
- Groundwater Modeling Report
Written comments on the mine operating permit application will be accepted through August 20, 2021, and should be submitted by email or US Mail to:
Jeremy Eddy, Project Manager
DHEC Bureau of Land and Waste Management
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
A final decision on the mine operating permit application will not be made until after review and consideration of all written and oral comments received through August 20, 2021.
Virtual Public Meeting
The purpose of a public meeting is for DHEC to present information related to the proposed project, DHEC’s permitting processes, and to host a Question & Answer session. Questions will be fielded from the audience and answered by a panel of DHEC employees. DHEC will held a Public Meeting to discuss the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry on July 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The presentation and a recording of the hearing are available below
- Luck Stone Fairfield Public Meeting Presentation - July 22, 2021
- Luck Stone Fairfield Public Meeting Recording - July 22, 2021
Virtual Public Hearing
The purpose of a public hearing is to accept comments, both written and oral, from the public regarding the proposed project. There will be no Question & Answer session at the public hearing. DHEC will hold a Public Hearing about the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry on August 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The public hearing will be held virtually using an online platform. This platform will provide interested persons the opportunity to participate remotely. Anyone who plans to participate in the public hearing should complete the registration form prior to August 5, 2021. After we receive your registration, we will be able to provide you with instructions on how to join the public hearing from your personal device. Completing the registration form also allows you to submit questions or concerns prior the public hearing and lets us know how you prefer to be notified of DHEC’s final decision on the mine operating permit application.
DHEC has added an opportunity to attend the hearing in person at Geiger Elementary School, 150 TM Cook Ln, Ridgeway, SC 29130. Please come back to this page on August 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM for information on how to join the hearing by phone or by computer. Interested persons will be provided an equal opportunity to participate in person, virtually, or via phone.
A recording of the public hearing and all materials discussed will be posted on this webpage prior to the end of the comment period. If you are unable to access the webpage, or have questions about participating in the public hearing, please contact Jeremy Eddy no later than July 29, 2021 at (803) 898-7609, or by email at email@example.com, to register and receive the hearing materials.
What to Expect After the Public Meeting/Hearing
Once the public comment period closes, DHEC will review all written and oral comments and determine if any modifications need to be made to the mine operating permit application. DHEC’s final decision to either approve or deny the technical application and a summary response to all written and oral comments will be made available to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list for the proposed Fairfield I-77 Quarry. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please complete the registration form.
For questions about the mine operating permit application or the BLWM’s permitting process, please contact:
An air quality construction permit is an air permit required for any person who plans to construct, alter, or add to a source of air pollution, including the installation of any air pollution control device. The construction permit must be issued before any construction-related activities occur at the site. The construction permit allows for installation, modification, and start of operation of equipment.
On April 8, 2021, SC DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) received an application for an air quality construction permit for the proposed Luck Stone – Fairfield I-77 Development project. BAQ has completed its technical review of the application. The technical review includes reviewing emissions calculations, performing a regulatory review, conducting an ambient air quality analysis and verifying that the proposed project can meet all applicable air quality regulations if constructed and operated as requested in the air permit application.
Once the technical review was completed, a draft air permit containing all applicable emission limitations and requirements has been placed on public notice. The public comment period began on July 1, 2021 and will end on August 20, 2021. The application and additional information used in BAQ’s permitting process are below:
Questions about the draft air quality permit and BAQ's permitting process may be directed to:
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.
In conjunction with the application for the individual mining permit under review in the Mining and Reclamation Section, the applicant is also required to obtain coverage under the NPDES General Permit SCG730000 for the Fairfield Quarry. This permit coverage addresses the water quality issues for both stormwater and wastewater that would be discharged through the outfalls from this quarry.
General Permit coverage applicability is still under evaluation at this time.
Questions about the NPDES permit and the BOW’s permitting process may be directed to:
Local DHEC Contacts
To speak with local DHEC staff, please contact Chris Corley in our Columbia Area Environmental Affairs Office at (803) 896-0620.
For information on current or previous sites of public interest, visit DHEC's Environmental Sites of Interest webpage.