DHEC taking action on PCB levels

      By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials are taking measures they hope will help stop the spread of toxic chemicals to water treatment systems across the state.

      The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday it is implementing an emergency regulation preventing landfills or farmers from using sludge that contains any level of PCBs.

      DHEC director Catherine Templeton told The Associated Press she needed to step in following a rash of discoveries of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, in sewer treatment systems throughout the state.

      PCBs are man-made organic chemicals that were used for decades in a variety of industrial applications. They have been shown to cause ailments causing cancer and were banned in 1979.

      Templeton says she's also asking law enforcement to hold people illegally dumping the chemicals accountable.


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