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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2015

DHEC to hold public hearing on proposed reissue of the Carolina Water Service NPDES permit

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing on the proposed reissue of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Carolina Water Service, Inc., I-20 Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lexington County. Addressing conditions for elimination of the discharge into the Saluda River, the proposed permit applies stricter limitations on the current permit and strengthens water quality protections.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peeples Auditorium at DHEC's main office located at 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, S.C.

If the proposed permit moves forward, Carolina Water Service will have a responsibility to upgrade its treatment system to meet tighter discharge limits. If the proposed permit is not reissued, then the utility will be allowed to continue to meet existing permit limits, instead of the updated water quality needs of the rivers in the Midlands.

"We understand how critical our role is in protecting South Carolina's water quality," said DHEC's Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck. "The proposed permit is more stringent than the current permit and will achieve water quality improvements in the Lower Saluda River. An issue of significant interest in the Midlands, this hearing will provide us with additional opportunity to hear from members of the public."

In addition to the public hearing, the department will be accepting written comments from the public. The deadline to submit written comments is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. For more information about the proposed permit and how to submit comments, click here.

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Cassandra Harris
Public Information Officer
harriscs@dhec.sc.gov
803.898.1127