COLUMBIA, SC — In the final hours of this year’s Senate budget debate, senators cast a unanimous vote against out-of-state waste.
Amendment No. 155 to the massive budget bill is not yet a reality. Its fate lies with the House and Senate conference committee members who will be appointed to hash out the differences between the budgets passed by their respective bodies. But there is no uncertainty about its message to national waste corporations: If you profit from burying New York’s or North Carolina’s garbage in South Carolina, you will pay a price.
That is music to our ears.
We also like Sen. Gerald Malloy’s suggestion that the revenues collected would be used for “environmental mitigation programs” and for “compensation to local residents” for damage related to landfill operations.