Monthly Archives:' May 2013

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.