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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 22, 2010

Sewage spill closes Charleston County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA - All shellfish harvesting beds on the Stono River and Schooner Creek in Charleston County have been closed to harvest due to a sewage spill in the Ashley River, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"This closure is temporary and is the result of potentially elevated bacteria levels in those areas ," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The beds will reopen once water quality data indicates the bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting."

For more information on Charleston area shellfish beds, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. For information on shellfish areas in Horry and Georgetown counties, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. For information on shellfish areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC's Region 8 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 846-1030.

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For more information:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
E-mail - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov