''It was like passing a boundary to dive / Into the sun-filled water, brightly leafed / And limbed and lighted out from bank to bank. / That's how the stars shine during the day.'' -- Wallace Stevens

Sierra Club

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South Carolina Sierra Club
Post Office Box 2388
Columbia, South Carolina 29202


Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine PDF Print E-mail
Water Quality

Accord reached for Lancaster County gold mine; more cash required


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it January 8, 2015


Romarco Minerals plans to reopen the historic Haile Gold Mine near downtown Kershaw.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Romarco Minerals will double the amount of cash it sets aside for an environmental cleanup at what is expected to be the largest gold mine in the eastern United States, according to a settlement agreement announced Thursday.

In resolving the last major legal obstacle to digging the mine north of Camden, Romarco agreed to post $10 million in cash for the cleanup, the Sierra Club said.

The company previously had offered $5 million, but the Sierra Club insisted on a higher amount to better ensure any contamination or other damage is addressed when the mine closes in about 2030.


Read more: Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine
Latest Congaree Chronicle is Available
Check out our chapter newsletter, the Congaree Chronicle, which now reaches over 20,000 readers, including our state legislators and media outlets! Interested in contributing? Contact our office for details!
The Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony PDF Print E-mail

Reserve your seat now!

What: Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Where: Michael's Café and Catering, 1620 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203 (map)

Chapter Awards Ceremony

The South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club will be holding its Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony to honor those environmentalists and volunteers who exemplify public service and to celebrate chapter and group accomplishments of the previous year.

Please mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Michaels Café and Catering for several hours of camaraderie, celebration, and good food.  There will also be a silent auction.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and $75.00 per couple. You can also be a sponsor of the event for $150.00 (which includes two tickets and a grateful acknowledgement in the program, Congaree Chronicle, and on the website).

If you would like to reserve your place at the event, please send a check, payable to the South Carolina Sierra Club to Post Office Box 2388, Columbia, South Carolina 29202, or call the office at (803) 256-8487, or send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  You can also order your tickets online by clicking on the appropriate link (singlecouple, sponsor or benefactor).

If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, or if you would like to serve on the awards ceremony committee, please contact the office.
Old but Good News PDF Print E-mail
Renewable Energy

Solar Energy for the Win


This isn't new news, but it might have flown underneath your radar:

Five S.C. schools awarded solar grants

Five South Carolina schools will soon begin generating electricity using roof-top solar panels as a result of being provided financial assistance from Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE).

The five schools selected for funding include:

1. Bluffton High School (Beaufort County School Distric)

2. Dixie Plantation Educational Holdings LLC, Environmental Research Stations at Dixie Plantation (College of Charleston)

3. Griggs Road Elementary School (Clover School District)

4. Roper Mountain Science Center (Greenville County School District)

5. Whale Branch Early College High School (Beaufort County School District)

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