Dorchester landfill expansion plans causing some concerns

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Some residents say they’re very concerned about the impact that expanding a landfill in Dorchester County might have on their day-to-day life.

Just off highway 78 in the Dorchester community sits several hundred acres of land owned by Waste Management. On 100 acres of the property, they operate the Oakridge Landfill. They are planning to begin using another 73 acres of the property as an expansion of the landfill.

Peter Smith’s property borders the landfill property. He has lived in Dorchester all of his life.”My concern is the smell, the health and condition of the people…(the) water we know is contaminated. It’s bad on people’s health and everything. It brings the value of my property down.”

We contacted Russ Hightower, the Waste Management manager of Communications and Community Relations. He said, “There has been zero evidence of impact to the environment whatsoever, and we have operated there for 40 years.”
He went on to say while the land being used will expand, the landfill will not be expanding how much trash they receive each day.

Hightower also said this is not new, they sent in the first application to DHEC for this expansion back in 2010.

Smith says he does not like having the landfill where it is at all. “They can find some other place other than right in a residential area. Find a place out in the woods some place.”

Some neighbors who are concerned about the expansion are planning to hold a meeting Thursday night at 6 o’clock at the Dorchester Career Center.

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