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More Utilities Begin PCB Testing

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INMAN, S.C. -
It started with three.  Then a fourth system confirmed PCBs in the wastewater.  The chemicals, banned for decades, turned up in grease traps across the Upstate.

Now other Upstate utilities will test for the same chemical.

Inman began testing after seeing reports of contamination at other facilities through coverage at 7 On Your Side.    
"We saw on the news where other plants had hits of PCB in their system," said Bob Manna.
That testing did confirm low levels of contamination.  The system was able to filter it out and separate the cancer-causing chemicals from the water that is later returned to nearby streams.

"It's to be concerned about, it's a low level, but it's contained in that tank there behind us," Manna said.
It's the same type of contamination found already at three other Upstate facilities. 

Now others are testing too.  Union is waiting for results of testing conducted Monday.  Gaffney is also awaiting a sample requested after the positive tests nearby.  Laurens will test the sludge at it's facility for PCBs as well.

Meanwhile, cost estimates may be climbing.  Original reports from Spartanburg estimated the cleanup would cost about $1 million.  Now that department says the cost could be as high as $9 Million.

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