Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
South Carolina emergency officials prep for eclipse, urge drivers to keep moving or stay off roads
COLUMBIA — If you think you’ve seen bad rubbernecking after a car accident on South Carolina roads before, just wait until a good chunk of the state goes dark in the middle of the afternoon.
With a total solar eclipse set to pass directly over the Palmetto State in a matter of weeks, top emergency officials from several state agencies are warning residents and visitors to exercise caution if they travel that day — and, if possible, to avoid the roads altogether.
Environment: Judge chides county inaction in denial of groin permit
An Administrative Law Court judge this week denied a permit for Georgetown County to build a rock and concrete groin in front of the public parking lot on the south end of Pawleys Island. The ruling came 1,363 days after a hearing on the permit and nearly five years after the permit was challenged by conservation groups.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is proud to announce the 2017 Spare the Air Awards Winners – Clemson University Parking and Transportation Services and The COMET.
These winners are being recognized for their voluntary efforts to improve air quality in South Carolina. Clemson University’s efforts are sustainable, replicable, and encourage positive behavioral changes that improve air quality. These efforts also build and strengthen partnerships that will continue to improve air quality in South Carolina.
Carolina Water Service faces legal challenge from river outfitters
COLUMBIA, SC Outfitters who make a living on the lower Saluda River are suing Carolina Water Service for discharging sewage into the scenic waterway from two treatment plants.
The state lawsuit, filed Thursday by some of the area’s most visible outdoors companies, says improperly treated wastewater from the private utility has kept them from running guided tours, renting equipment and spending time on the river between the Lake Murray dam and downtown Columbia.
West Columbia Isn’t Listening Over the Sound of Demolition, Residents Say
A backhoe smashed to splinters half of a more than 100-year-old house in West Columbia’s Mill Hill neighborhood. The red tin roof lays on the ground. But to some residents, it’s not the machine that destroyed the structure, but the West Columbia government.