A nuclear waste dump in South Carolina's Barnwell County was set to close its doors to waste from all but two states next year. But the chair of the state legislature's House Agricultural, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee proposed allowing the site to continue taking nuclear waste from the rest of the country for another 15 years. South Carolina Sierra Club Director Dell Isham, pictured above with John Edwards, says the so-called Barnwell Bill would have made South Carolina the nuclear waste dump of the country. But the chapter kicked into high gear to oppose the bill, sending out e-mail alerts, calling and writing committee members, and stepping up grassroots lobbying with personal contact as the committee vote neared. A public hearing attracted some 300 people, of whom more than 50 were Sierra Club members. And on March 28, the Barnwell Bill was defeated in the Ag Committee by a unanimous vote of 16-0. "This shows what the environmental community can accomplish," says Isham. "That political power will not go unnoticed by legislators."