SC landfill ready to store dangerous chemicals

CATEECHEE, S.C. (AP) - A landfill is ready to store dangerous chemicals to be removed from a South Carolina river that feeds into Lake Hartwell, but some local residents are worried about the project.

The Greenville News reported Tuesday the 10-acre landfill will accept PCBs from contaminated sediment in the Twelve Mile River in Pickens County.

Joe Ferguson with Schlumberger Technology Corp. says next month hydraulic dredges will begin pumping 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment to the disposal site.

About 400,000 pounds of PCBs were released from a former capacitor manufacturing site between 1955 and 1977. Schlumberger now owns the site.

Paul Belt of Cateechee worries whether the landfill will fail. Ferguson says the site exceeds state safety standards.

Information from: The Greenville News,

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