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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 29, 2011

Sewage spill closes Charleston County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Charleston County shellfish harvesting beds in three creeks have been closed due to a sewage spill, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

"This closure affects portions of Secessionville Creek, First Sisters Creek and Folly Creek down to the Folly Road Bridge," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The closure is only temporary and is the result of elevated bacteria levels associated with the accidental breakage of a sewage line. The affected areas will reopen once water quality data indicate the bacteria levels are acceptable for shellfish harvesting."

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

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For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
Email - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov