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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2015

DHEC issues notice of intent to deny Carolina Water Service NPDES Permit (I-20 Plant)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today issued a Notice of Intent to Deny renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Carolina Water Service, Inc., I-20 Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lexington County.

"DHEC has been a longstanding proponent of regionalizing wastewater treatment in Lexington County and eliminating the Carolina Water Service I-20 plant's discharges into the Saluda River," said DHEC Director Catherine Heigel. "We support the efforts of the legislature, the Town of Lexington, the Central Midlands Council of Governments, the Riverkeeper and others to make the elimination of this discharge into the scenic Lower Saluda River a reality and to ensure the needs of the 2,100 customers are addressed."

In accordance with South Carolina regulations, the agency will take public comment on the proposal to deny the renewal of the permit prior to making a final decision. The deadline to submit written comments is Monday, October 12, 2015.

For more information about the proposed intent to deny and how to submit comments, click here.

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Jennifer Read
Chief Communications Officer
(803) 898-1259
readjh@dhec.sc.gov