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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2015

DHEC Issues Statement on the Carolina Water Service Draft NPDES Permit (I-20 Plant)

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck today issued the following statement regarding the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit renewal for the Carolina Water Service I-20 facility:

"DHEC continues to support the elimination of the CWS/I-20 plant discharge and will move quickly to reach a final decision to deny or reissue the permit renewal. DHEC also recognizes that even if a new permit is denied, the facility cannot cease operation until state and local leaders help reach an agreement on how to manage the wastewater flow from the 2,100 customers the system serves. We look forward to continue working with 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."

For more information on the draft permit, click here.

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