Proposed Limestone Mine in Williamsburg

Public Notice- Black River Mine 

A North Carolina-based company, RDA, LLC, applied in July 2017 for a permit to construct and operate a 20-year limestone mine on nearly 1,000 acres in the rural community of Earle, SC.

DHEC’s Bureau of Land and Waste Management (BLWM) and Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) held a joint public hearing to accept written and verbal comments on the mine application, draft mine permit, and draft air permit for the proposed RDA Mine in Williamsburg County.  The public hearing began with a rally at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018, followed by the public hearing in the auditorium of Andrews High School located at 12890 County Line Road in Andrews, SC. Winyah Rivers, other concerned community organizations, citizens, property owners and elected officials gathered to demand that SC DHEC officials deny a large-scale mining project in Williamsburg County.

Special thanks to Williamsburg county council, Mayor of Andrews, many environmental organizations and the Earle community who raised concerns about long-lasting damage the mine will cause to the community and to the area's natural resources.  Please take action now before August 10th, 2018. 

TAKE ACTION NOW: Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, email elected officials with the state legislature (click name for link): Jim Clyburn, Ronnie Sabb and Cezar McKnight. Email DHEC- Air Quality: Mareesa Singleton at (803) 898-4113, or by email at Mining: Joe Koon at (803) 898-1371, or by email at Water: Brett Caswell at (803) 898-4396, or by email at 

Click here to learn more about the draft permits to the RDA Mine. 

Click here to view the public notice.

In the News...
Community Says No to Proposed Quarry Near Andrews
South Strand News
July 26, 2018
No one Tells us Nothing Angry Residents Rally Against Proposed Mine
Opposition Rally Public Hearing to Take Place Concerning Proposed Mining
GAB News
Earles and Andrews Area Residents Urge DHEC to Say No to Proposed Mine
GAB News
Andrews Council Likely to Oppose the Quarry
South Strand News
Crowd Questions DHEC at Meeting on Proposed Quarry Near Andrews
The Kingstree News 12/7/17
DHEC Accepting Public Comments on Rock Quarry Near Andrews
The Georgetown Times 8/11/17
Residents Voice Opposition to Limestone Quarry Near Andrews
The Georgetown Times 7/28/17
Petition Opposing Limestone Quarry to be Presented to Williamsburg County Council
The Georgetown Times 8/6/17
Williamsburg County Council Votes to Oppose Rock Quarry Near Andrews
The Georgetown Times 8/8/17
DHEC Hosting Drop In Meeting for Proposed Quarry Outside Andrews
The Georgetown Times 11/24/17
Environmental Firm Opposes Earles Mine
The Kingstree News 3/14/18
Meeting Held in Andrews Regarding Proposed Mine
The Kingstree News 12/5/17
County Council Hears from Earles Community
The Kingstree News 8/7/17
Residents Raising Dust Over Quarry
The Kingstree News 8/1/17
Crowd Gathers to Voice Concern Over Quarry
The Kingstree News 8/15/17
Council Meeting Focuses on Quarry
The Kingstree News  8/22/17
Plenty of Mining Questions at Meeting
The Kingstree News 12/5/17
Council Considers Zoning Options
The Kingstree News 12/5/17
Ground Breaking for Boat Landing Construction at Rocky Point Rescheduled
News for Georgetown and Beyond 4/18/18
Tim Askins Guest Column Could Proposed Mine Adversely Affect Atlantic Sturgeon
The Georgetown Times 5/2/17
Feds Name Critical Area for Atlantic Sturgeon that Includes South Carolina
The Post and Courier 9/4/17
Letters to the Editor