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      DHEC reopens shellfish beds in Charleston County

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has reopened shellfish beds previously closed due to the sewage spill at Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, the agency announced Friday.

      "Shellfish tissue sampling results indicate that the portions of the Intracoastal Waterway northeast of the Ben Sawyer Bridge to the confluence with Conch Creek and all of State Ground S-217 are now safe for harvesting," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section.

      DHEC closed shellfish harvesting beds in parts of Charleston County on{}Feb. 13{}after a sewage spill at Sullivan's Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.

      Plant officials told DHEC that 101,000 gallons of sewage spilled.

      "This closure affects portions of the waterway from the Ben Sawyer Bridge northeast to the confluence of Conch Creek," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "This area includes all of State Shellfish Ground S217.

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