DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A request for a sand mine in unincorporated Dorchester County was unanimously approved after a previous request was denied and after facing opposition from nearby residents.
J.R. Wilson Construction Company applied for a special exception request for a sand mine on 150 acres of property near Zion Road and Old Fort Road. The Dorchester County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the request on Tuesday night.
The board denied a request from the construction company earlier this year. An appeal was filed and a request was sent again to the board. The initial request was for a sand mine on five acres of the property. The new request was for 150 acres.
Some nearby residents have been fighting against the sand mine operation for months and are upset about the approval.
“We have concerns that our wells may go dry,” said resident Jan Turner. “We have concerns about the noise level that’s going to be caused by the trucks, we have concerns about the truck traffic, the damage to the roads and the drivers of the trucks don’t always obey traffic laws. Those are the basic concerns but it’s all going to affect our quality of life.”
News 2 attempted to reach out to J.R. Wilson Construction but the company was unavailable for comment.
The sand mine still has to receive other approvals and permits from DHEC before the operation can move forward.
Several other sand mines exist throughout the county. Sand from the mines is used for residential and commercial development.