Sassafras Timber, LLC has requested environmental permits from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to mine sand, sand/clay, and topsoil at a site located 8.6 miles south of Summerville, SC in Dorchester County (TMS # 178-00-00-001). The site is 3.75 miles southeast of the intersection of Delemar Highway and Ashley River Road within a 2660 acre tract of forested land.
DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received an application for a mine operating permit (I-002310) for the Sassafras Mine on September 21, 2020. The BLWM placed the application for the mine operating permit on public notice and began accepting comments in March 2021. A public hearing was requested April 6, 2021 and acknowledged on April 8, 2021. DHEC will hold both a virtual public meeting and a virtual public hearing on the proposed mine.
A final decision on the mine operating permit will not be made until after review and consideration of all comments received through November 5, 2021. DHEC's final mining permit decision will be made available to everyone on DHEC's mailing list for the proposed Sassafras Mine. If a mine permit is approved, a summary response to all comments received will also be made available.
The mine permit application and information being considered in the BLWM permitting process for the proposed Sassafras Mine are available below:
- Application Notification
- Public notice of Intent to Mine
- Application Request
- Application for a Mine Operating Permit
- Reclamation Plan
- Coastal Zone Consistency Request Forms
- Request for US Army Corps of Engineers Jurisdictional Determination (JD)/ Delineation
- Application Maps
- Location Map
- Location Map - Aerial View
- County GIS Parcel View Map
- County GIS Parcel Aerial Map showing Access and Permit Area
- Access Map
- Mine Map
- Reclamation Map
- USGS Topographic Map – Stallsville, SC Quadrangle
- Well Survey
The March 2021 BLWM public notice and related documents, many of which are duplicated above, can be found here through November 5, 2021. Information and documents related to the coastal zone consistency certification and water quality permit for the proposed Sassafras Mine are available below.
Questions about BLWM's mine permitting process may be directed to:
How to Submit Comments
Written comments will be accepted through November 5, 2021, and should be submitted to:
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 Mine permitting program prior to a final decision on either a permit or general permit being made.
OCRM is currently reviewing the proposed Sassafras Mine to determine if it meets the requirements for CZC.
Questions about the CZC certification and the OCRM 's certification process may be directed to:
DHEC will hold a formal public hearing on the proposed Sassafras Mine. Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our state, the hearing will be held virtually using an online platform. Interested persons may participate remotely using a phone or computer.
Virtual Public Meeting
DHEC held an informal public meeting on September 30, 2021 at 6:30 PM. A recording of the meeting, the presentation and documents can be found below:
- Sassafras Mine Virtual Public Meeting Recording - September 30, 2021
- Sassafras Mine Virtual Public Meeting Presentation - September 30, 2021
- Well Survey
- Aerial map showing Delemar Highway and proposed access to the Mine
Virtual Public Hearing
The public hearing will be held on October 21, 2021, 6:30 PM. The format of the public hearing is formal and provides an opportunity for comments to be heard by DHEC staff and recorded by a court reporter. There will be no questions and answers during the public hearing. DHEC values each participant’s involvement in the hearing and will conduct it in a respectful, orderly manner with reasonable limits on the length of comments, if necessary.
Anyone who plans to participate in the public hearing should complete the registration form prior to September 30, 2021. Completing the registration form allows you to submit questions or concerns prior to the public hearing and also lets us know how you prefer to be notified of DHEC’s final decision regarding the proposed mine.
A recording of the public hearing and all materials discussed will be provided on this webpage prior to the end of the public comment period.
What to Expect After the Public Comment Period Closes
Written comments on the proposed mine application will be accepted through close of business on November 5, 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. Additional information may be requested from the applicant, if needed. DHEC then will make a decision to approve or deny a mine operating permit for the Sassafras Mine. DHEC’s final decision will be made available to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list and posted on this webpage. If a mine operating permit is approved, a summary response to all comments received will also be made available.
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