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Lab Test Indicates Jellyfish Plant Discharge is Harmful, Company Disagrees
September 7th, 2014

A company trying to process jellyfish in Beaufort County and ship them to Asia as food is met with protest from neighbors, fishermen, and boaters, because they fear the company's wastewater would harm the environment. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has released the results of a toxicity test performed on the company's temporary operation of rinsing jellyfish in Jenkins Creek. The results show the discharge harmed its test subjects, but the company Carolina Jelly Balls believes the results found in the lab do not apply to the creek.

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. - A company trying to process jellyfish in Beaufort County and ship them to Asia as food is met with protest from neighbors, fishermen, and boaters, because they fear the company's wastewater would harm the environment. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has released the results of a toxicity test performed on the company's temporary operation of rinsing jellyfish in Jenkins Creek. The results show the discharge harmed its test subjects, but the company Carolina Jelly Balls believes the results found in the lab do not apply to the creek.

It's the future of the pristine waters of Jenkins Creek in Beaufort County, and where a new jellyfish company comes into play, that has some neighbors concerned. They worry toxic discharge from rinsing cannonball jellyfish would harm the creek and kill its inhabitants. Guy Apicella is part of a group of Dataw Island residents who oppose the Carolina Jelly Balls operation.

"It's large volumes of fish coming in. Large percentages of that catch are waste. It's got a certain type of waste that's slime, that doesn't get diluted well, that has toxic properties," Apicella says.

Carolina Jelly balls wants to unload and rinse the jellyfish at Golden Dock in St. Helena Island. DHEC stopped them from unloading and rinsing in April, and conducted a toxicity test.

"These cannonball jellyfish have a slime layer to them. It's like a mucus," Apicella says. He has been studying the test results. Samples were taken from vats the jellyfish sat in, and then tested on shrimp in a lab.

"The results of the April testing showed those organisms dying at the end of 24 hours in the chronic tests," Apicella says. Other, more diluted samples harmed the shrimp, too.

"Survival was affected down to 10 and 20 percent dilution, and growth was affected, and also reproduction," Apicella says.

However, the company's environmental consultant Bob Gross says the tests show no adverse effect on Jenkins Creek, because the tests were done in the lab. Apicella says 'not so.'

"It's an indication that other organisms you find in Jenkins Creek would also be affected," he says.

He still hopes the operation can be stopped from discharging the wastewater into the creek, "unless it can be proven that there would be no effect."

Apicella and groups against the jellyfish plant are looking to Beaufort County to change an ordinance, and impose more review before allowing the company to do business. The planning commission will hold a public meeting on October 6 to discussion any ordinance change.

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The words appear in bold print. In capital letters. Underlined.

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COMPANY TO YOUR STATE

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Captain Sam's Ruling a Win!

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Developer in Battle to Build Near Angel Oak

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Angel Oak boosters have waged a small war against developer Robert DeMoura, filing legal challenges and organizing political rallies in the hope of stopping his multi-phase development in Charleston County.

Now, they appear to be winning the battle.

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High Court Rules on Pawleys Island Land Fight

A case involving less than a quarter-acre of land in Pawleys Island has set a new precedent for wetlands protection in South Carolina.

The S.C. Supreme Court ruled 3-2 on Monday that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has jurisdiction over isolated wetlands, a reversal of the Georgetown County Circuit Court’s ruling and DHEC’s previous operating procedure.

“A landmark decision,’’ said Amy Armstrong, the director of the S.C. Environmental Law Project and a member of the Georgetown County League of Women Voters, which brought the suit against developer Smith Land Co. No one from DHEC was immediately available to comment.

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Fight on to Save Lily Pond Arcadia Lakes; residents oppose dredging

One of the most visible ponds in Richland County, a lake full of lily pads and flowers on Trenholm Road, will be dredged and converted into a storm water basin for an apartment complex. But the plan by a Columbia development company is causing an uproar in normally quiet Arcadia Lakes. The Town Council and 16 residents are going to court next month to try to stop the work at the 1.3-acre lake, which sits just outside the town limits.. Click HERE to read the Article.

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Conservationists applaud long-awaited decision

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Developer's Claim Gets Hard Look

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Appeal under way to allow Kiawah revetment

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Judge Denies Landfill Permit

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Bill Marscher Tribute

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Barnwell leaks worse than feared

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By SAMMY FRETWELL
sfretwell@thestate.com

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Underdog lawyer puts up good fight

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Practically everyone in Georgetown knew Jimmy Chandler when he came home for a visit in 1981.

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Sand battle won't blow over

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Citizens step up to the plate and hit one home in coastal protection case

THE ISLAND PACKET
David Lauderdale
dlauderdale@islandpacket.com
843-706-8115

It didn't get the attention of a MegaMillions lottery, but Lowcountry citizens won big in a recent court ruling.

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Ex-senator liable in bridge lawsuit

By Schuyler Kropf
The Post and Courier

A former state lawmaker who helped write the state's coastal management act has lost a civil suit that accused him of violating it.

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RESIDENTS, LANDOWNERS MADE PARK POSSIBLE

THE SUN NEWS
EDITORIAL PAGE

Author: Jimmy Chandler and Amy Armstrong
Section: LOCAL

The Sun News' Jan. 25 article about the Heritage Shores Nature Park properly highlighted the fact that a small slice of nature has been preserved in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach. The city of North Myrtle Beach deserves thanks for the series of boardwalks and trails, two picnic shelters and educational kiosks, as well as boat access to the creeks around Cherry Grove, that the park provides.

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Robert Ariail's Editorial Cartoon on Chem-Nuclear

The State

SCELP would like to thank Robert Ariail for permission to use his (Ariail030407.pdf)[editorial cartoon featuring Chem-Nuclear]. No further comment necessary.

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NMB Opens Nature Park on Marsh

THE SUN NEWS
From staff reports

A dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday marked the opening of the Heritage Shores Public Nature Park in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach. The park - on 8 acres north of 55th Avenue North and Heritage Drive - has a series of boardwalks, two picnic shelters, boat access to the Cherry Grove marsh, two information kiosks, an observation station and a series of trails about two-thirds of a mile long.

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Congaree bridge permits delayed

By SAMMY FRETWELL sfretwell@thestate.com

Groups say U.S. 601 project will harm wildlife in park

Plans to replace a 58-year-old bridge near Congaree National Park sparked enough questions Thursday that state regulators delayed issuing permits for the work.

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Land-use plan update critical, say residents

By Jesse Tullos, jtullos@gtowntimes.com
The Georgetown Times

Butch Varnadore has heard news reports that say it’s foolish to invest money into new housing developments. He heard those reports about as much as he’s heard the hammering going on across the lake from his home on the Pawleys Island mainland.

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Wetlands bill represents compromise

BY BO PETERSEN

The Post and Courier

Protecting isolated wetlands, a flash point in a regulatory war being fought by conservationists and property-rights proponents, goes to a state Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

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A chance to take part

The Georgetown Times

Several meetings that will be held this month provide an opportunity for county residents to have input on the future, in terms of land-use planning and educational vision.

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With Lowe’s gone for the time being, what have we really accomplished?

The Georgetown Times - Editorials

The Waccamaw Neck community gathered together in an amazing display of public participation in the political process, and was able to stop Lowe’s dead in its tracks. We came out to oppose the project, and we proved that we can have meaningful impact into what our community looks like. If only all planning and zoning decisions were always made this way — with input from the affected public.

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Neighbors claim abuse of power

By Jason Lesley

TIMES MANAGING EDITOR

Citizens gathered at a public hearing at Browns Ferry Elementary School Tuesday called South Carolina’s Central Electric Power Cooperative an arrogant government agency that has used intimidation and half-truths to secure rights-of-way for an 11-mile, 115,000-volt transmission line.

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Judge fines bulkhead owner

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

By Janelle Frost
The Sun News

A property owner in North Myrtle Beach has been ordered by an administrative law judge to remove a bulkhead, which extended 31 feet into the marsh, and pay a $1,000 administrative fine.

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Seminar discusses erosion

Lawyer: Battles could arise over changing lot sizes

By Kelly Marshall
The Sun News

Environmentalists attending a day-long seminar Wednesday on coastal erosion said more challenges could be coming to the state's beachfront management laws, including a ban on sea walls.

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Sea wall can stay for now

Daufuskie homeowners, state officials settle dispute

BY JESSICA FLATHMANN, The Island Packet

BEAUFORT -- Daufuskie Island homeowners and state officials Tuesday settled a legal challenge to the state's beachfront management law, stopping a trial before it got started.

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Court urged to jettison sea-wall ban

Beaufort County group says barrier needed to protect property

By SAMMY FRETWELL
Staff Writer

Landowners urge court to jettison sea-wall ban.

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State takes public remarks on DeBordieu sand solution

By Erin Reed
The Sun News

PAWLEYS ISLAND - DeBordieu Colony residents who want to take sand from a public inlet and move it to their private beach for renourishment argue they'll only take 2 percent of the sandbar.

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No Public Sand For DeBordieu

EDITORIALS
Mining North Inlet should be unthinkable

There is a heaping chunk of gall in the DeBordieu Colony's request that the state allow it to take publicly owned sand from North Inlet to renourish its beach. The colony's beach is private. Yet the colony's community association wants to mine 200,000 cubic yards of sand from the nearby inlet to shore up its beach for about five years.

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A Public Forum on Growth

Speaker: Waccamaw Neck growth should be directed Protect wetlands, ex-planner says

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Fire guts 100-year-old house

City fire investigators were trying to determine Tuesday if lightning was to blame for a Monday night fire that destroyed the law office of prominent environmental attorney Jimmy Chandler.

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Students mark law's anniversary

MURRELLS INLET — On the banks of Murrells Inlet, a handful of Georgetown students marked a national milestone and learned something about the health of their home turf.

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No groins on beach, court says

The S.C. Court of Appeals ruled that construction and reconstruction of beach groins is prohibited by state law.

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Nature's Guardian

Jimmy Chandler looks out over the live oaks draped with moss in his front yard at Pawleys Island on a Saturday morning and drinks in the sunshine.

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Waste dump closed

The Safety-Kleen hazardous waste landfill near the shore of Lake Marion will shut down Monday after a federal panel rejected the company's last-ditch attempt to stay open.

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