SC Senate considers removing dams from safety rules

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Nearly four years after a massive flood over-topped and broke dozens of dams across South Carolina, state lawmakers are considering changes that would remove about two-thirds of the state’s dams from many safety requirements.

Supporters of the bill say the dams don’t provide any danger to lives and would cost too much to fix for farmers and other landowners. They say the state should instead concentrate on small dams that could kill people if they broke.

But opponents of the proposal say the 2015 floods showed how vulnerable and poorly written South Carolina’s dam regulations are and they don’t need to be loosened.

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to send the proposal to the Senate floor, where several senators promised to push for significant changes.

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