Letter To The Editor: Mega Dump

To The Editor:
As a citizen of S.C. for 32 years, I know I’ve got the right to speak about our lands, water and air when it’s being threatened. This giant corporation called MRR wants to bring garbage to S.C. from the whole east coast for 35 years or until the dump is full. Some citizens don’t realize how this hurts us as people of S.C.
In order to explain, I will use Marlboro County, SC, for they want to put a mega dump there. Marlboro uses 1,300 tons of trash per year. They will bring that here in two days by trucks and rail. I, the average American, lived in New York for 50 years and know about their garbage and have friends working for the sanitation department, plus two sisters and lots of relatives and friends there. These big cities must find a place to get rid of their garbage and these large corporations found S.C. and filled up Bishopville with a mountain of trash smelling up the whole town. Drive through or ask someone from there and they will tell you. Bishopville opened up our eyes and when we heard they were coming our way, we checked all politicians.
At the first meeting at the Wallace School, I remember they said they will not come if the county did not want the dump. Once they bring that garbage and bury it, that’s it. They are not coming to dig it up and take it back. You know we don’t want it here because eventually it will get into our water and give us cancer, low birth rate, leukemia, and lung cancer. If it doesn’t get us, it will get our relatives.
What more can we do to stop it from coming to Marlboro County? Writer letters from your churches with signatures to Rep. Elizabeth Munnerlyn at 207 W. Main St., Bennettsville, SC 29512 and Rep. Mick Mulvaney at P.O. Box 1975, Lancaster, SC 29721.
Looks like things are coming to a head, but with 6 No’s from us and the party in power voting yes, we must keep the pressure on. The Lord has been very good to us so far in South Carolina. He has given us clean land, water, and air. It’s up to us to protect it. If we do, He will keep blessing us.
Please do this to help the concerned citizens of Marlboro County fight this problem. It’s said we can’t win because of big money. Now it’s in some judge’s hands. We’ve got to hope and pray.
Average American,
John T. Nickoless
Bennettsville, SC

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