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February 3rd, 2020
By Shelley Robbins
There's a saying: GO BIG OR GO HOME. Senator Vincent Sheheen is going big, and that is good news for South Carolina's natural resources. The Senator from Kershaw County announced a package of six bills and three joint resolutions to address the state's most immediate environmental concerns: loss of land to development, plastics pollution and illegal dumping, wildlife trafficking, offshore drilling, and carbon emissions.
While we're on the subject of organic waste, I must acknowledge the Upstate's own Atlas Organics and their Compost House curbside organic waste pick-up program. Atlas is based out of Spartanburg and was the state's first commercial compost facility, so we have options in the Upstate! Disclaimer: I am a Compost House customer and a very proud one indeed. Check them out.
RTO and Market Reform Joint Resolutions discussed here last week: the House version (H. 4940) sailed through the Labor, Commerce and Industry subcommittee and heads to full committee. The Senate version (S. 998) will be in subcommittee this Thursday.
The House offshore drilling bill H. 3087 (preventing state approval of onshore infrastructure) awaits a floor vote. It has widespread bi-partisan Upstate support (co-sponsors include Representatives West Cox, Gary Clary, Chandra Dillard, Rosalyn Henderson-Myers, Bobby Cox, Jason Elliott, Ashley Trantham, Max Hyde, Leola Robinson, and Jay West.
The notorious Plastics "Ban Ban" bill S. 394 (discussed here last week) is on the contested calendar on the Senate floor, where we hope it will stay. Locally, Spartanburg City Council heard the concerns about plastic pollution from Joyce Harrison on Monday night. We love it when citizens make their voices heard!
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Energy and State Policy Director