The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) certified Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Plant 8S as a Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.Ô) site. The W.A.I.T.Ô program recognizes industries who are dedicated to protecting the environment and keep wildlife needs in mind when making their land management decisions. Shaw joins 28 other plants in the state with this distinction.
EPA and Partners Join White House Officials to Convene First Clean Energy Savings for All Summit and Kick-off Redevelopment of Former Landfill into a Solar Farm in Spartanburg, S.C.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and senior Obama Administration officials convened in Spartanburg, S.C., to host a Clean Energy Savings for All Summit – the first of a series planned across the country. This event provided local officials, advocates, community organizations and members of the public an opportunity to interact directly with the Obama Administration and local leaders to learn about current efforts to reduce air pollution, deploy clean energy and energy efficiency, and build an inclusive clean energy economy that engages low-income communities. The Summit featured a ceremony marking the kickoff of the Arkwright Solar Power Facility Development, a solar farm that will be built over the now capped Arkwright landfill, a former source of pollution and contamination in the community.
Photographer and South Carolina native J Henry Fair has made a career as an artist of creating beautiful pictures to draw attention to environmental issues. This is the inaugural exhibit of the “Coastline Project” the goal of which is to create a portrait of the American Coastline, in preparation of the inevitable changes to come with climate change.
USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses and Spur Economic Development
Rural Business Cooperative-Service Administrator Sam Rikkers announced that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses.
"Our small, rural businesses need financing to compete in the global economy," Rikkers said. "With this announcement, USDA is demonstrating its continued commitment to investing in small towns and rural communities. These loans and grants will spur entrepreneurship, create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural America."
The Lower Savannah River Alliance (LSRA) has merged with Savannah Riverkeeper (SRK) as an affiliate organization. Based in Allendale, SC, LSRA is a non-profit community group whose mission is to enhance opportunities for ecotourism and nature-based ventures in the Lower Savannah River Region. This partnership of individuals, businesses and organizations promotes responsible use of the river and values its economic viability. LSRA has served as stewards for seven different counties in two states: Burke, Effingham & Screven Counties in Georgia and Allendale, Barnwell, Hampton & Jasper counties in South Carolina, for more than a decade.
According to a January 29, 2016 report, groundwater contamination has dramatically declined along the Catawba-Wateree River after coal ash removal by South Carolina utility South Carolina Electric and Gas. Under a settlement negotiated by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Catawba Riverkeeper, SCE&G agreed to remove the coal ash from its Wateree facility on the banks of the Catawba-Wateree River near Columbia, South Carolina, upstream of the Congaree National Park. The coal ash is being moved to a lined landfill away from the river where it is stored dry.