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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 13, 2013

Fuel spill closes Beaufort County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has closed some shellfish harvesting beds on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County due to a fuel spill, the agency announced today.

"This closure affects a portion of Coffin Point on St. Helena Sound," said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC's Shellfish Sanitation Section. "The affected area is S127. The closure is only precautionary, due to petroleum product that was found within the shellfish beds. The source of the fuel spill is still under investigation. The affected area will reopen once water quality data indicate the spill is no longer a factor in 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 more information on shellfish harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC's Region 7 Environmental Quality Control office at (843) 953-0160. And for information on Georgetown and Horry counties' shellfish harvesting areas, call DHEC's Region 6 EQC office at (843) 238-4378. 

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