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Contamination Costs From PCBs Grow, Investigation Expands

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At the monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer Commission, Rebecca West had dire news. At the monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer Commission, Rebecca West had dire news.
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At the monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer Commission, Rebecca West had dire news.

The investigation into PCB contamination had grown to Cowpens where, “we found elevated levels of PCBs present” and expanded at the original North Tyger River site.

“Got results back yesterday that indicated we do have some concentrated PCB waste at the pump station that comes right into the plant,” West said.

The cost of cleanup, originally reported at $1 million are noww higher, West said.  Now cleanup is at least $2 million and as high as $9 million depending on state health official’s evaluation of cleanup plans.

In Greenville, ReWa commissioners may require new restrictions on owners of grease traps.

Much of the contamination from PCBs has been linked to illegal dumping in grease traps.

ReWa may ask grease trap owners to test for PCB contamination, lock the trap and track the chain of custody for anyone who has access.

More than 100 of those traps are part of the Greenville County School District which has one at most schools.

The cost to that district alone could approach $170,000 which would be passed along to taxpayers or students in the form of higher taxes or more expensive lunches.

“I think the bottom line, it's a cost to taxpayers regardless of whether you're talking about a cost increase to meals or a capital improvement side of it," said district spokesman Oby Lyles.

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