The Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a public notice of intent to deny renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Eliminantion System (NPDES) permit for the Carolina Water Service, Inc., I-20 Wastewater Treatment Plant with discharge to the Saluda River.
The facility is located near Laurel Meadows Subdivision off Leaphart Road in Lexington County. See the notice of intent to deny on the DHEC website.
DHEC supports the requirement that the CWS plant tie into the regional system and eliminate discharge into the Saluda River. Based on consideration of the public comments and additional review the department has made a preliminary decision to deny a renewal permit.
DHEC recognizes the facility cannot cease operation until state and local leaders help reach a resolution on how to manage the wastewater flow from the 2,100 customers the system serves. DHEC will continue to work with the legislature, the Town of Lexington, the Central Midlands Council of Governments, the Riverkeeper and others to eliminate this discharge into the scenic Lower Saluda River and 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 permit prior to making a final decision. Individuals interested in providing comments on the draft Notice of Intent to Deny the permit can submit written comments to Michael Montebello at:
The deadline to submit written comments is Monday, October 12, 2015. Please identify the notice number (15-999-D) on your written comments. For additional information concerning the submission of public comments, please call (803) 898-4228 or visit www.scdhec.gov.