DHEC: Petroleum on Savannah Highway came from nearby Circle K

DHEC: Petroleum on Savannah Highway came from nearby Circle K
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office closes lane of Savannah Highway at Highway 162 in Ravenel last week, after petroleum spotted along road.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - DHEC officials say petroleum found on Savannah Highway was coming from a nearby Circle K.

The petroleum appeared in the area of Savannah Highway at Highway 162 in Ravenel and prompted a closure of one lane as crews worked the scene. The right lane of the southbound lane was closed on Aug. 5 and reopened Tuesday evening.

Investigators said on Thursday that the petroleum release originated from the Circle K at the intersection of the highways.

"The petroleum release present from the Circle K convenience store (located at the intersection of Savannah Hwy and Hwy 162 in Ravenel) is currently being mitigated through pumping petroleum and water from pits placed in the area of concern," DHEC officials said.

According to authorities, Circle K has hired a UST-certified contractor to perform all necessary clean up.

Currently, the contractor is trying to determine the extent of the petroleum release by digging trenches near the release site.

"They are then removing the petroleum and water from these trenches and are storing the fluids in a holding tank onsite to be disposed of at an approved facility," officials said. "DHEC has directed Circle K Stores Inc. and its clean up contractor to continue conducting abatement activities while they determine the extent of the release. The contractor will submit an assessment plan to DHEC for review and approval by the end of this week." 

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