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Manufacturing group applauds new law protecting industrial facilities from nuisance suits

(Dave Brenner via MGN)

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce are applauding state lawmakers for a new law that protects manufacturing and industrial facilities from lawsuits alleging that they are a nuisance to nearby homeowners.

The new law, H.3653, says "a manufacturing or industrial facility, or expansion of such a facility, may not be found to be a public or private nuisance" if it started operations before the other suing landowner was there, and so long as the facility is operating with the proper permits, licenses and certifications.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster on Monday, Feb. 12.

The manufacturers alliance released a statement saying:

"We are grateful to the legislature and Governor McMaster for their leadership in making H. 3653 law,” said Sara Hazzard, President and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “As South Carolina's population continues to grow and neighborhoods continue to expand closer and closer to existing manufacturing facilities' footprints, it is important to provide certainty to those manufacturers so that they can continue to invest, operate, and provide jobs. South Carolina manufacturers strive to be good neighbors and this legislation strikes a balance between the needs of industry and the rights of citizens. This law will encourage future South Carolina manufacturing capital investments and jobs."

The S.C. chamber also praised the passage of the bill, saying:

“When a manufacturer locates in South Carolina, it must be assured that its operations will not be threatened by nuisance lawsuits against its existing operations” said Jack Sanders, Chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and President and CEO of Sonoco. “We thank the General Assembly for their fair leadership on this issue and for supporting the prosperity of manufacturing in our state.”

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