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New Traces Of PCB Contamination Discovered

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An Upstate wastewater treatment plant has found new traces of PCBs on another waste haulter An Upstate wastewater treatment plant has found new traces of PCBs on another waste haulter

Six months after the state ordered a Greer waste hauler to cease and desist, testing at an Upstate wastewater facility showed PCB contamination on another company’s equipment.

State health officials said testing on equipment at American Waste showed traces of a PCB called Aroclor 1260 last summer. Police reports in Lyman showed that company was caught dumping into a grease trap behind an abandoned restaurant.

Ray Orvin, executive director at ReWa in Greenville, said that same PCB was found during random testing of another hauler “within the last three weeks.”

PCBs were banned by the federal government in the 1970s and they were considered so rare that wastewater facilities were only required to test for them once a year. It was during that annual testing that several upstate systems, including ReWa, discovered Aroclor 1260 last year. Orvin said cleanup at ReWa would cost about $4 million.

ReWa will now test four times a year. They also perform those random inspections on haulers.

The company also introduced much stricter guidelines for grease traps that should prevent them from becoming a source of future contamination.

But there are other possible access points where illegal dumpers could get dangerous chemicals into the system, including through manhole covers.

“If you see a guy with a hose in a manhole call us, call police, call crimescrime stoppers d-hec, call someone,” Orvin said.

Gordon Dill
Gordon co-anchors the 5:30 and 7 newscasts and is an investigative reporter.
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