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SC water treatment facilities to undergo EPA tests

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has required testing by the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for the precesence of Polycholrinated Biphenyls.

The DHEC has issued these tests because of the precesence of PCBS in several waste treament facilities in the Upstate region of South Carolina, as well as in a grease trap in Richland County. 

PCBs, which can be found in the sludge generated from treated waste water, have been banned by the EPA since the 1970s.

Ed Saxon, BJWSA's general manager, says the issue only affects waste water.

"This specific contamination event is a wastewater sludge issue, and is not a threat to our drinking water supply.  Our high quality drinking water source remains safe, as do all our outstanding waterbodies," he continued. "We will test our sludge and report our findings to both the community and to DHEC," Saxon said."

Tests are expected to last for ten days, and residents are encouraged to contact law enforcement if they notice anyone other than BJWSA personnel discharging materials into the public sewer system.

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