Bill limiting public’s ability to sue polluters moves forward in S.C. Senate

via The Sun News:

"The bill would eliminate the ability of private citizens to file lawsuits under the state’s Pollution Control Act for any pollution discovered after June 6, 2012. The bill is intended to clarify language included in a 2012 amendment to the Pollution Control Act. The proposal — co-sponsored by Rep. Nelson Hardwick, R-Surfside Beach — has already been approved by the House.

Sen Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said during Thursday’s committee hearing that the proposal would not take away anyone’s rights because private citizens still could file complaints about pollution with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Any decision by DHEC could then be appealed to an administrative law judge."


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