South Carolina Agency to Discuss Community's Water

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November 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) representatives will discuss the results of samples taken from residential water wells in the Cannon’s Campground community and address concerns at a community meeting.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 tonight (Nov. 28)  at the Mary Black Hospital Conference Center, the Spartanburg Herald Journal reported

The former Hoechst Celanese plant dumped chemicals from polyester manufacturing on its site for decades that contaminated groundwater. Some residents think the groundwater contamination is linked to dozens of cancer cases in the area surrounding the former plant.

The company began the cleanup of groundwater contamination — “expected to continue for decades to come” — around 1980 with DHEC’s oversight.

DHEC officials told residents at an August meeting there was not an abnormal clustering of cancer, and residential water wells were not contaminated. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a federal agency, later agreed with DHEC’s findings.

“We still don’t see any reason to believe there is an ongoing public health threat associated with the Hoechst Celanese facility in (the Cannon’s Campground) community,” DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick said in a phone interview.

Monday’s meeting will bring residents “up to speed” on DHEC’s latest findings, as well as answer questions, address concerns and exchange information, he said.

Water was sampled from 19 wells. Twelve wells had “absolutely no odd detections,” Myrick said. Seven wells might have had contaminants in trace amounts or below a maximum contaminant level and within state or federal drinking water standards, he said.

Owners already have received the results, he added.

Click here to read an earlier story about the case.

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