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Community Outreach

DHEC recognizes that learning of environmental contamination in any community can be upsetting.  Our first priority will always be ensuring the safety of all residents.  DHEC is committed to keeping the local community informed as the site progresses.  This web page has been developed as a community resource and will be updated as new information is made available.

On September 19, 2016, DHEC staff visited residences on Pecan Drive, Cherry Drive, Robin Hood Drive, Little John Road and Pinewood Drive to share information about DHEC's investigation.  Residents were given a hand-out about the PCB investigation, which included precautionary recommendations to minimize their potential exposure to contaminated soils and creek sediments.  

  

Residents with confirmed PCB sample results were notified by DHEC. Additional properties may be identified for sampling by the EPA. If your property has not been sampled and you live adjacent to the tributary that goes to Wilson's Branch or Huckleberry Branch, and your yard has been flooded by the creek, please notify DHEC's local Florence Office at (843) 661-4825

On November 2, 2016, DHEC held a community meeting at Long Middle School in Cheraw. DHEC staff presented information about the ongoing investigation and the expected next steps. DHEC provided notice of this meeting by mail and through local media outlets.

The PCB contamination in Cheraw is an ongoing cleanup project. The EPA has taken the lead in the cleanup and is determining the most effective method(s) for minimizing the potential for future impacts to public health and the environment.

On June 1, 2017, the EPA held a public meeting to discuss findings of the investigation and plans for the initial phase of the removal action involving the excavation of contaminated soils from residential yards on Pecan Drive. During the meeting, EPA announced that removal would begin the week of June 5, 2017.

For questions or more information about the EPA's meeting, please contact Stephanie Brown, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, toll-free, at 1-877-718-3752, or by e-mail at brown.stephaniey@epa.gov.

The EPA is conducting community outreach activities in conjunction with its sampling and cleanup of the site. The following table provides a timeline of some of EPA’s community outreach milestones:


Statement Summary

Time Frame Activity
November 2016 EPA Community Involvement Coordinator designated as:
Stephanie Y. Brown
Phone: 1-877-718-3752
E-Mail: brown.stephaniey@epa.gov
February 2017 Informal door-to-door visits to request access for sampling and to conduct community interviews.
February 2017 Established a local information repository where project information about the site and EPA activities can be easily accessed by community members:
Matheson Memorial Library
227 Huger Street
Cheraw, SC 29520
Phone: (843) 537-0506
January 2017 EPA Burlington Industries Cheraw Site Fact Sheet No. 1 (February 2017) announcing EPA activities at the site was mailed to the local community.
April 2017 EPA Postcard about completion of initial sampling was mailed to the local community.
May 2017 EPA Burlington Industries Cheraw Site Fact Sheet No. 2 (May 2017) announcing June Public Meeting was mailed to the local community.
May 2017 EPA News Release announcing June Public Meeting.
June 2017 EPA held its first public meeting on June 1, 2017, at 6:00 pm:
Long Middle School
1010 West Greene Street
Cheraw, SC 29520

In addition to these activities, the EPA has established a toll-free phone number, 1-877-718-3752, and mailing list for persons interested in receiving updates about this cleanup project. The EPA will also prepare an official Community Involvement Plan.

DHEC will continue to provide updated information about the site on this web page as it becomes available.

Community Resources

2017

2016

Online Resources

  • PCBs are known to build up over time in the fatty parts of fish.  DHEC provides annual fish consumption advisories for water bodies across the state, including the Great Pee Dee River.
  • For additional information about PCBs, potential health effects, clean-up and disposal of waste, please visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website at www.epa.gov/PCBs.
  • Information on health effects that have been associated with exposure to PCBs can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's ToxFAQs sheet.
  • Information on gardening and PCB contaminated soils can be found in ATSDR’s Spring 2016 Gardening in PCB Contaminated Soil.
  • For more information about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Program, please visit www.epa.gov/Superfund

EPA Progress Reports

Additional information on the progress of the removal activities can be found in EPA’s Progress Reports (POLREPs):

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