State OKs controversial Rock Hill landfill

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control granted a permitfor a controversial landfill in Rock Hill this afternoon, in spite of thefact that York County currently has a 60-day moratorium on landfills inplace.

Mike Griffin, co-owner of Griffin Brothers Co., the developer of aconstruction and debris landfill on Vernsdale Road in Rock Hill, said he waspleased upon hearing the news.

DHEC spokesman Thom Berry said the agency decided to grant the Vernsdalelandfill its permit because in a recent ruling, Judge John Hayes said "DHECand DHEC alone has the duty of determining the granting or denial of alandfill permit."

The permitting decision also was made after examining the county's currentsolid waste plan, which allows the Vernsdale site, Berry added.

The county, Rock Hill and Griffin Brothers have been embroiled in a legalfight over the proposed site after the York County Council enacted a 60-daymoratorium on landfills on Jan. 8.

The county intended to use the time of the moratorium to put in place a newsolid waste plan, councilmen have said. But Rock Hill officials and thedeveloper have questioned the legality of that action in two separatelawsuits.

Interested parties have 15 days in which to file an appeal against thepermitting of Vernsdale. The county council's final vote on the new solidwaste management plan is scheduled for next Wednesday.

See Friday's Herald for more.