Attorney calls ruling in coal ash case ‘a great victory’ for county

Landfill company lawyer says decision will provide for ‘true facts coming to light’

By Ron Barnett
Staff Reporter

COUNTY — The South Carolina Supreme Court last week sent the Pickens County coal ash case back to a lower court, which the county’s attorney hailed as a victory but a lawyer for the landfill company said gave new life to its case.

The high court said the Administrative Law Court (ALC) erred by not determining whether the state Department of Health and Environmental Control had wrongly approved coal ash for the site near Liberty without notifying the county.

The ALC passed over that issue because it said the county missed a deadline in appealing DHEC’s action.

Gary Poliakoff, the lead attorney representing the county, said

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