State agency gets stimulus money for clean up

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state's environmental agency will get a boost of $3.3 million in federal stimulus funds to clean up pollution from leaking underground tanks.

The State of Columbia said the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced the award Friday to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick says the money will help the agency assess and clean up a backlog of sites where underground storage tanks are leaking petroleum.

As of last year, the state had about 3,000 sites needing to be cleaned up. Myrick says DHEC will use the money on 66 sites considered high priority for clean up.

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