Luck Stone Corporation requested environmental permits from DHEC to mine granite at a site located in the vicinity of the intersection of S.C. Highway 92 (Parker Road) and S-42-343 in Spartanburg County, approximately 1.5 miles east of Enoree, South Carolina (TMS #4-50-00-007, 4-55-00-076, and 4-55-00-077). A proposed reclamation plan to restore the site to lake/pond, grassland, and commercial was submitted with the application.
After careful consideration of all comments and information received from concerned citizens and local, state, and federal agencies, DHEC has determined that the Enoree Development Site Quarry can comply with the South Carolina Mining Act and applicable air and mining regulations. Having made this determination, and being in receipt of the required financial assurance, DHEC has approved the mine application and issued Mine Operating Permit I-002335 for the Enoree Development Site Quarry on October 29, 2021. The final mine permit, maps, reclamation plan, and a summary response to comments are available below. DHEC appreciates the interest, engagement, and comments received from all our stakeholders during the environmental permitting process for the Enoree Quarry.
DHEC's Bureau of Water is currently evaluating coverage for the Enoree Quarry under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit SCG730000. Information will be provided on this webpage once a NPDES permit decision is made. In accordance with the mine operating permit, NPDES permit limits must be met prior to the initiation of any mine operations.
DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received an application for a mine operating permit for the proposed Enoree Development Site Quarry on April 08, 2021. Documents used in the BLWM permitting process are available below:
- Cover Letter
- MR-400 Application
- MR-500 Reclamation Plan
- Mine Maps
- Hydrogeologic Assessment Report
- Ground Water Monitoring Plan
- Sediment & Erosion Control Designs
- USACE Jurisdictional Determination
- Threatened & Endangered Species Report
- Cultural & Historic Resources Reports
- Intent to Mine
- Notice Memo
- Acknowledgement of Public Hearing
- Public Hearing Transcript
The BLWM placed the mine operating permit application on public notice and began accepting public comments in May 2021. The BLWM completed review of all information and public comments received in writing, as well as those shared during the DHEC public meeting and public hearing. Additional information provided by the applicant was reviewed prior to making a final permit decision. DHEC's final decision documents include:
- Permit and Approval of Application and Reclamation Plan
- Notice of Approval Memo
- Summary Response to Comments
- Guide to Board Review
Questions about the mine operating permit and the BLWM’s permitting process may be directed to:
Community Engagement & Resources
DHEC is committed to providing meaningful ways to hear the questions and concerns of community members and share information on our permitting processes. DHEC offers multiple ways to connect with our staff during the permitting process and beyond, including:
- Speaking to someone by phone.
- Submitting a written comment or question by mail, email, or fax.
- Receiving additional information by mail, fax, or email.
- Requesting that someone visit your home.
- Visiting our webpage to learn more.
Additionally, we hope the following information provides a better understanding of quarry operations and 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 Environmental Sites, Projects & Permits of Interest webpage.
Questions about community engagement in the BLWM’s permitting process may be directed to:
Virtual Public Meeting
DHEC held a Public Meeting to discuss the proposed Enoree Quarry on August 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The presentation and a recording of the meeting are available below:
- Luck Stone Enoree Public Meeting Presentation - August 19, 2021
- Luck Stone Enoree Public Meeting Recording - August 19, 2021
Virtual Public Hearing
DHEC held a Public Hearing to receive comments on the proposed Enoree Quarry on September 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The presentation and a recording of the meeting are available below:
- Luck Stone Enoree Public Meeting Hearing - September 2, 2021
- Luck Stone Enoree Public Meeting Hearing - September 2, 2021
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 21, 2021, DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) received an application for an air quality construction permit for the proposed Luck Stone – Enoree Development Site. The BAQ placed the draft air quality construction permit on public notice from August 3, 2021 through September 17, 2021. The application used in the BAQ’s permitting process is available below:
On October 29, 2021, the BAQ issued a Department Decision, which includes construction permit 2060-0648-CA, the statement of basis for 2060-0648-CA, and the response to comments.
Questions about the air quality permit and BAQ's DHEC’s air permitting process may be directed to:
DHEC's Bureau of Water (BOW) 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 an individual mining permit, the applicant is also required to obtain coverage under the NPDES General Permit SCG730000 for the Enoree 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 currently under evaluation by the BOW. Documents related to the NPDES permitting process are available below:
Questions about the NPDES permit and the BOW’s permitting process may be directed to:
Local DHEC Contact
To speak with local DHEC staff, please contact Ben Whitmire in our Spartanburg Area Environmental Affairs Office at (864) 596-3327.