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DHEC To Hold Meeting on Large Potato Farm in Aiken Co.

7:44 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - The agency in charge of watching over South Carolina's environment is holding a public meeting to discuss a large potato farm in Aiken County.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control will host a discussion Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. about Walther Farms, which has received permission to draw up to 9 billion gallons of water from the South Fork of the Edisto River.

DHEC says the meeting is a courtesy to residents because public meetings on large water withdrawals are not required under a recently passed state law.

Opponents of the 3,700-acre potato farm say allowing it to withdraw that much water from the river could increase pollution and deplete the amount of water going into a Lowcountry nature preserve.

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