The Aug. 25 hearing at DHEC on its proposed discharge permit for Carolina Water Service drew an impressive turnout of concerned citizens wanting to keep our Three Rivers system pollution free. As Sen. John Courson respectfully told DHEC to deny the temporary permit to Carolina Water, I noticed on the back wall of DHEC’s auditorium three simple words: Prosper, Promote, Protect.
I believe DHEC has lost its way. In the face of public and political pressure, DHEC reversed its decision on the discharge permit, but it shouldn’t have taken that. There seems to be a lack of concern about protecting our rivers and the welfare of our citizens.
It is very sad that corporate greed, money and politics win out over the mission statement of DHEC. Thank goodness for those politicians, the Sierra Club, kayak and fishing clubs and concerned citizens who do care about our rivers.
It seems to me that it might be time for some changes in management over at DHEC.