Cindi Ross Scoppe

January 29, 2014 9:00 PM

Scoppe: South Carolina should learn from Safety-Kleen debacle

THE YEAR was 1994, and South Carolina had acquired a well-earned reputation as the nation’s dump, hosting massive nuclear and hazardous waste landfills and a medical-waste incinerator that accepted waste from around the country, when the DHEC board did something extraordinary: It ordered Laidlaw Environmental Systems to post a $133 million cash bond to pay for the clean-up that will be needed when the paint sludge, cancer-causing industrial solvents, pesticides and other hazardous materials leak out of the company’s landfill and into Lake Marion.

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