February 28, 2022

J. Dale Shoemaker, The State

11 Horry County mines operated without permits. Could one of them harm a nature preserve?

An oversight at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control allowed 11 Horry County sand and dirt mines to operate without proper permits over the past three years.

And one of those operations has caught the attention of area environmental groups, who worry the mine could harm the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve and the rare wildlife that live there.

The mine is located off Edge Road and borders the nature preserve.

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