July 26, 2021

Rebecca Liebson, The State

A new mine could come to the Midlands. Here’s why some residents want to stop it

A proposal to create a rock mine in Fairfield County has received backlash from residents and organizations who say they fear the project could negatively impact local water supply and waterways.

The Virginia-based Luck Stone Corp. is seeking the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s approval to mine for granite and gneiss on a 416-acre parcel off S.C. 34 near the Town of Ridgeway. If the proposal is approved, the mine would be allowed to operate there for the next 100 years.

The company recently took over a quarry in Kershaw County and is currently seeking another mining permit in Enoree. Last year, Luck Stone withdrew a proposal to operate a quarry in Chester County after facing backlash from residents there.

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