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Stench costly for landfill

Site’s owner ordered to pay damages to 6 Bishopville area residents

A federal jury on Friday ordered the owner of a huge landfill in Lee County to pay $2.3 million in damages to six Bishopville area residents for causing a stench they say has made life miserable for them.

The jury award against a division of waste giant Republic Services is rare, if not unprecedented in South Carolina, because it requires a company to pay damages based on nuisance landfill odors that affect people’s enjoyment of their property, attorneys for the residents said.

Canadian company has link to Rosewood fertilizer plant

One of North America’s most prominent farm corporations has ties to the old fertilizer factory suspected of poisoning yards in a working-class neighborhood of south Columbia.

Whether Canada’s Agrium Inc. would be liable for cleanup costs in Edisto Court off Rosewood Drive isn’t yet known.

But federal regulators are looking for a person or company with the legal responsibility to reimburse taxpayers if a cleanup is launched. And state regulators say the old fertilizer factory, operated by the F.S. Royster Guano Co., is the most likely source of the arsenic and lead contamination.

Safety concerns key issue for residents at Tuesday public meeting on medical waste treatment facility in Spartanburg

An attorney, an official from a sensible growth advocacy group and a few community residents who gathered at Broome High School on Tuesday evening for a public meeting on a proposed medical waste treatment facility voiced concerns that the safety of the technology that would be used there is unproven.

Spartanburg attorney Gary Poliakoff, citing TreatMed’s draft permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to open a facility on Franke Drive in Spartanburg County, told a group of about 40 people that there are too many unanswered questions to allow the company to have a permit that would be effective for a decade.

Poliakoff said a group of area residents asked him to look into the company’s proposal.

Quadriplegia made heatstroke foreseeable

A quadriplegic who suffered severe heatstroke when his caregiver left him in her car on a hot day was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the stroke as a compensable consequence of the workplace injury that paralyzed him in the first place, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled. In disputing the claim, the workers’ comp insurer argued that both the claimant’s decision to ride in his caretaker’s non-air-conditioned car on a scorching day and the caregiver’s negligence constituted unforeseeable intervening acts that broke the chain of causation.