It's becoming ever more apparent with each passing day that South Carolina doesn't mind being the nations land fill and will find a way to profit from it. From Nuclear to household waste the Palmetto State is quickly becoming the Putrefaction State. But in doing so again we're utilizing one of the three R's and making it profitable.
Southeastern Petroleum has announced it will invest $30 million in Chester County to build a new manufacturing facility and create 24 new jobs. Southeastern Petroleum recycles used motor oil into base oils that are then used in the production of lubricants. The company expects to produce up to 10 million gallons annually from the Chester County facility, according to a statement.
“The question that comes to my mind is how secure it will be,” said Timothy Swan, the owner of Alpha Geek Computers in downtown Leavenworth.
Anita Maynard, owner of the Queen’s Pantry shop, feared the transfer of prisoners might too strongly reinforce Leavenworth’s image as simply a prison town at the expense of its other attributes — such as being home to a college for mid-career Army officers.
Dianne Hawkins, a homemaker married to a soldier, said she had confidence that if the detainees came, the Army could keep things safe.
But that security question was key for Brendan Sheehan, who runs a bicycle shop in Leavenworth. If he were assured that the town would stay safe, Sheehan said he could imagine an economic boon.
“That’s that many more workers here in town,” he said. “That could mean more customers.”
I lived in Charleston: the Military Brig in Charleston, South Carolina is in the town of North Charleston, SC, where the mayor drives around town with police/military scanner, heavily armed looking for crime to stop (I'm not joking). Nevermind that the Charleston airport abuts the Charleston Air Force base (home of Military airlift
command) and could be secured fairly quickly. In order for a detainee to make it from the military brig to the airport, he would have to cross swampland unprepared. The area surrounding the Charleston area is cypress swamp (that goes for miles around the city) full of gators, wild hogs and poisonous snakes and the residential areas are full of people armed to the teeth (with a hair trigger, a state rep got into some hot water for getting drunk and shooting at some power line workers he thought were thieves, he wasn't charged). Keeping them there might be a good idea. They've kept Padilla and others at that Charleston brig for years with no complaint.