South Carolina Environmental Law Project

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Waccamaw River: Industrial park raises debate over jobs and environment By Jason Lesley
March 13th, 2014

Officials with Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority, Santee Cooper and Horry County asked residents of Bucksport and environmentalists to trust them while they build an industrial park on the Waccamaw River.

Most left a public hearing hosted by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control at Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority headquarters near Conway Monday unconvinced that a proposal to bring marine industries to a 195-acre development on the river would be worth risking their peaceful way of life or the region’s water, land and air.

Plans include construction of docks and piers and a road connecting the marina to Highway 701 with a 50-foot buffer from nearby residential properties.

“When the dollar moves in, it doesn’t care where it pushes and shoves,” said Bucksport resident William Gause.

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