When you vote on November 4th (or early/absentee), we ask you to vote YES on Constitutional Amendment One to legalize nonprofit raffles for charitable purposes. Countless nonprofits, schools, civic clubs and even churches have conducted raffles over the years, despite their being illegal under SC’s Constitution. Enforcement is haphazard, exposing unknowing citizens attempting to do good for their communities to substantial embarrassment and wasting of nonprofit dollars when raffles must be cancelled. As a member of […]
November 2, 2014 | Read More >
This morning’s article in The State on the Pinewood landfill and the risk of hazardous waste leaking into Lake Marion reminds us all of the importance of strong leadership to protect our drinking water and our natural areas. We are troubled by the conflicting reports about DHEC and oversight at the landfill. Governor Haley’s silence is notable. A green governor would stand up to out-of-state polluters, and guard against the waste that would poison our lakes. […]
November 2, 2014 | Read More >
A recent op ed in the Greenville News, “Can and should we put a price tag on nature?” (Oct 5, 2014) by two Furman professors, Dr. John Quinn and R. Melanie Cozad, reminds me how time and again, we return to this question. The Furman researchers are seeking feedback from citizens to help policymakers shape decisions on how forested areas in Greenville County should be managed. In addition to finding out how people use and […]
October 16, 2014 | Read More >
In 2012, I worked closely with our conservation lobbyists and environmental attorneys to defend South Carolina’s historic Pollution Control Act. In the end, we reluctantly agreed to a compromise that weakened the citizens “cause of action” but ensured that the right to challenge unpermitted pollution before the compromise bill became law remained in place. The last suit filed under the old PCA led to an historic settlement that is cleaning-up Santee Cooper’s toxic coal ash […]
October 6, 2014 | Read More >
Yesterday’s court decision to require more stringent disposal procedures at the Barnwell nuclear waste dump was long in the making. We congratulate our friends at the Sierra Club and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project for “sticking to their guns” in this case. It was filed way before our involvement in the issue but I remember well the shock of legislators when they saw the open trenches on a tour of the site in 2007. We were in the middle of fighting a bill that would have let the nation continue sending its commercial, nuclear waste there. Not long afterwards, the House Agriculture Committee unanimously voted NO, and the Atlantic Compact went into effect. Although the Compact now allows only waste from South Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey, it’s important that all reasonable measures are taken to safely handle it.
July 31, 2014 | Read More >
Sometimes a picture speaks louder than words. Editorial cartoonist, Robert Arial, has taken notice of recent events. They are spot on. We will continue to follow the decisions being made and will fight to protect the South Carolina you love.
July 25, 2014 | Read More >
On Friday, the federal government announced its approval for use of sonic cannons to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, from Delaware to Florida. Sonic cannons blast loud noises underwater, disturbing marine mammals, including the endangered North American Right Whale. This method of exploration has serious impacts, and it is the first step to drilling off our coast.
July 22, 2014 | Read More >