RDA, LLC has requested environmental permits from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to construct and operate a proposed limestone quarry off of Seaboard Road in Williamsburg County, approximately five (5) miles northwest of Andrews, SC.
On June 21, 2017, DHEC's Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) received an application for an Individual Mine Operating Permit for the proposed RDA Mine. The public comment period for the mine application began on August 7, 2017, and will end on August 10, 2018.
The application and additional information required by BLWM can be found on the BLWM public notice page.
Questions about the mining application and permitting process may be directed to:
On June 27, 2017, SC DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) received an application for an air quality construction permit for the proposed RDA Mine. An air quality construction permit allows for the construction and start of operation of equipment. The public comment period for the draft air quality permit began on June 20, 2018, and will end on August 10, 2018. The draft air quality construction permit and statement of basis are below:
Additional information related to the draft air quality permit can be found on the BAQ public notice page. The application and additional information used in BAQ’s permitting process are below:
- Initial Application (pdf)
- Additional Information (pdf)
- Construction Permit Application Revision 1 (pdf)
- Construction Permit Application Revision 1 Updates (pdf)
- Modeling Summary (pdf)
Questions about the draft air quality permit and BAQ's permitting process may be directed to:
DHEC issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to minimize stormwater runoff and other water discharges that may occur during construction and operation of the facility. On August 4, 2017, DHEC Bureau of Water (BOW) received a Notice of Intent requesting coverage under the existing general NPDES permit for the proposed RDA Mine.
- Notice of Intent (August 3, 2017)(pdf)
- Revised Notice of Intent (June 11, 2018) (pdf)
- Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Maps
Questions about the NPDES permits and requested coverage may be directed to:
Public Hearing and Comment Period
On Thursday, July 26, 2018, DHEC will hold a public hearing to accept written and verbal comments on the draft permits. The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer designated by DHEC. If necessary, based on the number of requests for verbal comments received, a time limitation may be imposed on each commenter. The time may not be transferred. Commenters will be called upon in random order. Written and verbal comments will be considered equally and included in the permit decision. Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in the public hearing should contact DHEC at least one week in advance to discuss any special services required.
July 26, 2018 – 6:00pm
Andrews High School Auditorium
12890 County Line Road
Andrews, SC 29150
Written comments will be accepted through close of business (5:00 p.m.) on August 10, 2018. Comments made during and after the public hearing will be considered when making a decision regarding the draft permits.
Community Engagement and Resources
On November 30, 2017, DHEC hosted a public informational drop-in for anyone interested in talking with DHEC staff about the proposed project and the permitting processes. Staff from DHEC's mining, air quality, and water programs were available to listen to and address questions with attendees. The following materials were provided:
- Community Engagement (pdf)
- Quarry Operations (pdf)
- Bureau of Air Quality (pdf)
- Bureau of Land and Waste Management (pdf)
- Bureau of Water (pdf)
Local DHEC Contacts
Please visit the Industry Notebook: Quarry Operations for additional information about quarry operations and how they are regulated. For information on current or previous sites of public interest, visit DHEC's Environmental Sites of Interest webpage.