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Update: Illegal Chemical Dump at Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

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For the last month, fire and utility crews, EPA agents and Hazmat crews have monitored and tested the water at the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and surrounding waterways.

At one of four public meetings that kicked off Monday night, leaders from CUMD, outlined what they’ve done over the last month.

Investigators say the chemicals were dumped behind the Food Lion on Harris Blvd and West Sugar Creek Road.

Police believe a septic pump truck dumped toxic chemicals containing PCBs behind the store. Those toxins then got into the Mallard Creek Wastewater systems through sewer lines.

Now, the goal is to figure out what to do with the PCBs stored on site – a process that could take up to 6 months.

PCBs are dangerous chemicals that could cause cancer.

“We are trying to monitor security – but with 5 plants in SC experiencing the same thing, testing takes time and it’s just a vigilance on our employees and we could divert into our holding ponds that we are fortunate to have,” said Deputy Director for CMUD, Barry Shearin.

CMPD created a new task force to catch the crooks – so far no arrests – but if prosecuted they could face felony state or federal charges.

We also filed an open records request for the surveillance video but because it’s an on going investigation, we don’t have it just yet.

No word on how much the investigation has cost the city.


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