SC agency violates federal environmental law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources says it violated federal law while building a road in Horry County.

The agency said Tuesday that workers were not authorized to fill in six acres of wetlands on DNR property at the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve. Agency director John Frampton says staff thought they were following provisions of the Clean Water Act but were wrong.

Frampton apologized to the people of South Carolina on the agency's behalf. He says DNR will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on restoration efforts either at the site or another nearby property.

Frampton says the agency will increase staff training and is changing its policy to prevent future violations.

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