Vulcan Virtual Public Hearing
If you attended the Vulcan Virtual Public Hearing on August 27, 2020, please consider filling out our feedback survey. Your input is greatly appreciated.
A recording of the public hearing and information provided at the hearing can be found below.
This webpage has been developed to share DHEC’s Mining, Air, and Water permitting information for the proposed quarry. Additional information and updates will be provided on this webpage when available.
DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received a Mine Operating Permit Application for the proposed Fairfield Quarry on March 18, 2020. A proposed reclamation plan to restore the site to lake/pond and grassland was submitted with the application.
A public notice announcing DHEC’s receipt of the mine operating permit application and public comment period was published in The Voice of Fairfield County newspaper on April 9, 2020, and again on April 16, 2020. In response to the amount of community interest shown in the proposed project, a public notice announcing a DHEC public hearing and extended public comment period has been published on July 23, 2020. Both BLWM public notices were mailed to adjacent landowners, government and regulatory agencies, and other interested parties on DHEC’s mailing list.
Written comments on the mine operating permit application will be accepted through September 11, 2020 and may be submitted by US Mail or email to:
Jeremy Eddy, Project Manager
DHEC Bureau of Land and Waste Management
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
The mine operating permit application and other information required in the BLWM permitting process for the proposed Fairfield Quarry are available below:
- Cover Letter
- MR-400: Application for a Mine Operating Permit
- MR-500: Reclamation Plan
- Mine Maps
- Stormwater Design Report
- Protected Species Assessment Report
- Cultural Resources Survey
- United States Army of Corps Engineers (USACE) Jurisdictional Determination Request
- Bonding Estimate
- Groundwater Observation Plan
- Public Notice (April 9 & April 16, 2020)
- State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Comments
- United States & Fish Wildlife (USF&W) Comments
- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Comments
- DHEC Response to SCDNR Comments
- Public Hearing Notice
- Public Hearing Memo
- Well Survey Form
The BLWM public notices and related documents, many of which are duplicated above, may also be reviewed through September 11, 2020 here.
An air quality construction permit is required when constructing, altering, or adding to a source of air pollution, including the installation of any air pollution control device. The air permit must be issued before any construction-related activities occur at the site. If issued, the air construction permit allows for the installation, modification, and start of operation of equipment.
On April 30, 2020, DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) received an application for an air quality construction permit for the proposed Fairfield Quarry. The 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.
Upon completion of the technical review, a draft air construction permit containing all applicable emission limitations and requirements was written. A public notice of the draft permit and public comment period was published in The Voice of Fairfield County newspaper on July 23, 2020. The BAQ’s public notice and related documents, many of which are duplicated below, may also be reviewed through September 11, 2020 here. The notice was also mailed to interested parties on DHEC’s mailing list.
Written comments on the draft air permit will be accepted through September 11, 2020 and may be submitted by US Mail or email to:
Public Notice Coordinator
Air Permitting Division
DHEC Bureau of Air Quality
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
The draft air permit and additional information used in the BAQ’s permitting process for the proposed Fairfield Quarry are available below:
Questions about the draft air quality permit and BAQ's DHEC’s air 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.
Coverage under NPDES General Permit SCG730000 is required for the proposed Fairfield Quarry in conjunction with a mine operating permit. The NPDES coverage is currently under review by DHEC’s Bureau of Water (BOW). If approved, the general permit coverage will address water quality issues of both the stormwater and wastewater discharged from the site.
Questions about the NPDES general permit coverage and DHEC’s water permitting process may be directed to:
Virtual Public Hearing
DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management and Bureau of Air Quality held a virtual public hearing on August 27, 2020, at 6:30 pm, to accept comments on the mine operating permit application and draft air permit for the Vulcan Construction Materials, LLC proposed Fairfield Quarry.
What to Expect After the Public Hearing
Written comments on the mine operating permit application and draft air permit will be accepted by through September 11, 2020.
Once the public comment period closes, DHEC will review and consider all comments received at the public hearing - as well as those submitted in writing prior to and through September 11, 2020 - and determine if any modifications need to be made to the mine permit application or draft air permit. DHEC’s final decisions to either approve or deny a mine operating permit and an air construction permit for the proposed Fairfield Quarry will be made available to everyone on DHEC’s mailing list. Summary responses to all written comments will also be provided.
If you would like to be added to DHEC’s mailing list to receive updates on DHEC’s permitting processes for the proposed Fairfield Quarry, please provide your contact information here.
Community Engagement and Resources
DHEC has traditionally held in-person meetings and hearings to connect with the communities we serve. During this time of continued COVID-19 response, DHEC, as the state’s public health agency, must make the health and safety of our employees and community members a priority when conducting the business of our state. At all times, DHEC is committed to providing meaningful ways to hear the questions and concerns of community members and share information on our permitting processes.
DHEC is offering multiple ways to connect with our staff prior to and including the virtual public hearing. Please let us know if you are interested or have questions about connecting with our staff via one or more of these options in the coming weeks:
- Speaking to someone by phone.
- Submitting a comment or question in writing by mail, fax, or email.
- Receiving additional information by mail, fax, or email.
- Requesting that someone visit your home.
Additionally, we hope the following information will provide a better understanding of quarry operations and how you can be involved in 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 Ongoing Environmental Projects webpage.
Local DHEC Contacts
To speak with local DHEC staff, please contact Al Peeples in our Columbia Area Environmental Affairs Office at (803) 896-0620.