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Rock Hill drops landfill lawsuit against York County

Rock Hill withdrew a lawsuit against York County this morning — a dayafter a state agency permitted the controversial landfill in the city that was at the heart of the legal fight.

Attorney Mark White said the city was pleased to drop the lawsuit.

"The only point in filing a lawsuit was the city believed the county'simproper actions had impaired one of its contracts," White said. "The citytook that step of suing the county with great reservations and tried to makeevery effort of avoiding having to take that step."

The city filed its lawsuit against the county on Feb.5, almost a month afterthe York County Council enacted an emergency moratorium on landfills.

The action halted the permitting process of a construction and demolitionlandfill on Vernsdale Road in Rock Hill.

On Thursday, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control grantedthe Vernsdale landfill its permit.

Opponents of the Vernsdale landfill have 15 days from Thursday to fileappeals with DHEC's governing board. White couldn't say whether the citycould get involved again at a later date.

"We have to see what the appeal looks like and what the claims are," hesaid.

Griffin Brothers Co., the developer of the landfill, also sued the countyearlier this month. The company has not withdrawn its lawsuit.