DHEC takes over burning trash pile on Able Contracting site

DHEC takes over burning trash pile on Able Contracting site
Drone footage of a debris pile in Jasper County, S.C. (Source: WTOC)

JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reports it is taking over as lead on the burning trash pile at the Able Contracting site in Jasper County.

The EPA is leaving the site. DHEC says smoke and steam was steadily coming off the excavated areas after the rain Wednesday and water trucks were used all day for suppression, but operations are running smoothly

DHEC released the following statement: "As the lead agency, DHEC will oversee the continued removal of material from the site, and DHEC will continue to work collaboratively with local, county and state partners as the site is cleaned and closed. DHEC and EPA have been working toward a seamless transition for several weeks. Site activities will continue as they have been, and daily updates will continue to be provided.

We’re continuing to focus on removal of debris until the fire is completely extinguished and there is no longer any risk to public health or the environment. Based on the evaluation of images from a recent drone flight, there’s an estimated 75,000 cubic yards of debris currently at the site."

WTOC will continue to keep monitoring the situation and keep you updated.

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