Update - October 25, 2023
DHEC has received a permit application for an increase in the annual tonnage rate of waste accepted at the Greenpointe Class 2 Landfill. If approved, this proposal would allow the landfill to accept more waste in a given year, but would not increase the existing footprint or final volume of waste the landfill is currently permitted to accept. As required by South Carolina's solid waste regulations, the landfill operator published a public notice of the proposed increase to their annual disposal rate in the Anderson Independent Mail newspaper on August 31, 2023.
DHEC placed a draft permit for the proposed increase to the annual disposal rate on public notice on October 25, 2023 and began accepting comments for a 30-day period. The public notice was published in the Anderson Independent Mail newspaper. Please click here to submit comments or to request a public hearing. All comments and requests for a public hearing are required to be submitted by November 24, 2023.
Community Engagement is an important component of our permitting process that allows us to hear from affected communities and look for ways we can address their concerns through the permitting process using the authorities provided in environmental statutes and regulations. The input that we receive from community members often results in changes to a permit and always results in a better final permit decision. For communities being impacted by a regulated facility our Community Engagement activities often continue after our formal public comment period for a permit decision 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:
- Provide information about proposed permitted activities in their communities;
- 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
- Provide an opportunity to submit 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 result in changes to permit conditions and operational practices if a permit is issued.
Public Meeting – February 18, 2021
DHEC held a virtual public meeting on February 18, 2021 to discuss the proposed landfill expansion in an informal setting. DHEC staff presented information about the proposed expansion and the permitting process, as well as answered questions from attendees. The DHEC presentation and recording of the meeting are available below:
- Greenpointe Class 2 Landfill Public Meeting Presentation - February 18, 2021
- Greenpointe Class 2 Landfill Public Meeting Recording - February 18, 2021
- January 2021 H2S Assessment for Greenpoint Class 2 Landfill
- Landfill Gases (PDF)
- Hydrogen Sulfide (PDF)
What to Expect After the Public Comment Period
The period to submit comments on the proposed expansion closed on March 5, 2021. DHEC will review all comments received during the public comment period and determine if any modifications should be made to the permit application or draft permit. DHEC’s final decision to either approve, modify, or deny a permit for the proposed expansion will be made available to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list and posted on this webpage.
Any additional information or updates about the Greenpointe Class 2 Landfill will be provided on this webpage as they becomes available.
How to Notify DHEC of an Environmental Concern
DHEC is responsible for investigating environmental complaints, including odor complaints, when they occur. Unusual or abnormal odors could be an indication of a change in operating practices or equipment malfunction and should be reported to DHEC. All complaints are prioritized and investigated based on the health and safety of citizens.
DHEC is actively involved in investigating odor issues from local residents concerning the Greenpointe Landfill. As part of the investigation process, these concerns are being addressed with the landfill operator. Anyone wishing to file a complaint with DHEC concerning the Greenpointe Landfill should submit an email to GreenpointeLF@dhec.sc.gov with as much detailed and specific information as possible, including:
- date and time the issue was observed, and if it is actively occurring,
- address where the issue was observed,
- photos depicting the issue, if available,
- a detailed description of the issue,
- and your contact info if you would like follow-up after the incident has been investigated.
It is important to note that any personal information submitted to DHEC in a complaint may be subject to public scrutiny or release in accordance with state and federal laws and requirements.
Local government and other state agencies maintain oversight and enforcement of some issues brought to DHEC’s attention. DHEC has compiled the following contact information to assist residents when determining where to submit a complaint or concern.
|Litter and Solid Waste Management||
|Anderson County Noise Ordinance||Alesia Hunter
Anderson County Planning and Zoning Director
|Road Conditions||Matt Hogan
Anderson County Roads and Bridges Manager
|Number of Trucks on Roads||Kevin McLaughlin
SC Department of Transportation, District 2 Administrator
|Truck Weight/Unsafe Conditions||SC State Transport Police||(803) 896-5500|
|Truck Speed||SC Highway Patrol||(864) 260-2200|