CANADYS — A huge dry coal ash dump heatedly opposed by Colleton County residents is quietly being pitched to be built in Dorchester County. Area residents are concerned.

The 100-acre dump for the toxic waste from SCE&G’s Canadays power plant would be located just across the Edisto River, where the plant’s wet coal ash dump ponds now sit, in the far rural county outside the Canadys community near Interstate 95. Plans proposed by the company would include digging up the troubled wet ash dump, drying that ash and storing it in the new dump.

Coal ash contains a number of toxic materials including mercury, arsenic and lead.

County leaders have signed off the plans and environmental advocate Dana Beach says it might be the best alternative.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.