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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012

DHEC announces EPA involvement at Royster Fertilizer site

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced that staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Emergency Response and Removal Branch, along with DHEC staff, will begin work in the Edisto Court Community on Friday, August 3, 2012.

The two teams will start by setting up air monitoring in the area and then go door-to-door to talk with residents about doing more detailed sampling in residential yards.  Sampling will take place on Friday and Saturday as well as Tuesday and Wednesday of next week in order to sample as many residential yards as possible.  The goal for these four sampling days is to gather meaningful air monitoring data and try to determine any residential areas that may need soil removal.  

In addition to soil testing, DHEC will have a drill rig in the community next week to collect soil cores to determine the depth of contamination.  The drilling will start along the southern edge of the Edisto Court community near Commerce Drive and expand as necessary.

For more information, please see DHEC’s website at www.scdhec.gov/RoysterFertilizerSite.

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For media inquiries:
Mark Plowden – (803) 898-9518
Email – plowdemw@dhec.sc.gov
or
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7759
Email – beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov
or
James Pinkney – (404) 562-9183
Email – Pinkney.James@epa.gov