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Environmental Quality Control (EQC)

Seaco, Inc.

Brownfields

The new owners of both the Seaco, Inc. and Bagnal Builders sites have entered into Voluntary Cleanup Contracts (VCCs) with DHEC to operate as Brownfields Sites. The VCCs will require the new owners to perform additional environmental assessments and/or remediation of the properties. In return, the new owners will receive liability protection for any existing contamination that is discovered. Entering into the contract does not reduce the responsibility of any former owners or operators of the sites. DHEC continues to work with the past owner to address cleanup of the Seaco property.

Under the VCCs, the new owners will test soil and groundwater from the properties. If significant contamination is found, the owners will be required to take additional steps to protect human health and the environment and keep the properties safe for re-use.

Notices announcing the 30-day public comment periods for each VCC were posted on DHEC's web page and published in The State newspaper on Sunday, June 10, 2012. A public meeting to discuss the proposed VCCs was held on August 28, 2012 at A.C Moore Elementary School, located in the Rosewood Community. DHEC extended the public comment periods until September 11, 2012 so that written comments could be submitted after the meeting.

After careful consideration of all comments received, DHEC has officially entered into Voluntary Cleanup Contracts (VCCs) with Associated Asphalt for the Seaco, Inc. and former Bagnal Builders properties located on Commerce Drive and South Edisto Avenue.

The VCCs require Associated Asphalt to perform more testing of soil and groundwater on the properties in exchange for liability protection for any existing contamination that is discovered, excluding that which would be attributed to asphalt or asphalt emulsion production, storage or transport. If significant contamination is found on the properties, Associated Asphalt will be required to take steps to protect human health and the environment and keep the properties safe for industrial re-use.

The final VCCs, written comments received, summary of DHEC’s responses, and other information pertaining to the VCC for each site are included below. General information on South Carolina's Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program can be found at www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/html/brownfields.htm.

Seaco, Inc.

AA Properties-Commerce Tuller, Inc. (AA Properties) has purchased the Seaco property. Associated Asphalt Columbia, LLC (Associated Asphalt) will operate on the property as a tenant. The VCC is between DHEC and both companies. AA Properties & Associated Asphalt intends to expand the asphalt emulsion plant and continue to use the above-ground storage tanks. Under the VCC, DHEC will not hold AA Properties & Associated Asphalt responsible for any pre-existing pollution, excluding contamination attributable to asphalt or asphalt emulsion production, storage or transport, in exchange for doing environmental work at the site.

Questions on the VCC for the Seaco property may be directed Jo Cherie Overcash at (803) 896-4019 or Robert Hodges at (803) 896-4069.

Bagnal Builders

AA Properties-Edisto, LLC (AA Properties) has purchased the Bagnal Builders property. Associated Asphalt Columbia, LLC (Associated Asphalt) will operate on the property as a tenant. The VCC is between DHEC and both companies. AA Properties & Associated Asphalt intends to redevelop the property as a railroad terminal to support expanded asphalt emulsion operations on the nearby Seaco, Inc. property, which has been acquired by AA Properties-Commerce Tuller, Inc., an affiliate of AA Properties-Edisto, LLC. Under the VCC, DHEC will not hold AA Properties & Associated Asphalt responsible for any pre-existing pollution in exchange for doing environmental work at the site.

Questions on the VCC for the Bagnal Builders property may be directed Jo Cherie Overcash at (803) 896-4019 or Robert Hodges at (803) 896-4069.