- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Environmental regulators have rejected a challenge to a proposed gold mine in Lancaster County.

The board at the Department of Health and Environmental Control has turned down an appeal by the Sierra Club, The State newspaper (https://bit.ly/1D2Jx3X ) reported.

The agency said Monday that its board has endorsed a permit approved by staff members for Romarco Minerals Inc. to set up the gold mine on about 2,500 acres in the rural part of Lancaster County.

“We are pleased with the decision and continue to believe all questions and concerns raised over the past four years have been fully addressed,” Diane Garrett, Romarco’s chief executive, said in a statement.

The Sierra Club challenged the permit, saying the $60 million that state officials have required the company to provide for a possible environmental cleanup is not enough. Club officials said a cleanup could cost $100 million

Romarco says $60 million is more than enough for a cleanup.

Sierra Club attorney Bob Guild says the group is considering an appeal to the state Mining Council.

The mine will fill or destroy 120 acres of wetlands and miles of creeks. Up to 1,100 acres of wetlands could be affected in some way.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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