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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 8, 2011

Sewage spill closes Beaufort County clam and oyster beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - All clam and oyster harvesting beds on Battery Creek and its tributaries have been closed to harvest due to a sewage spill, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

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

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

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For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick - (803) 898-3884
Email - myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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