Councilman Visits Rosewood Ahead of EPA Return

8:05 AM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah canvassed the South Edisto Court neighborhood of the Rosewood area Tuesday ahead of another visit of inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency's visit to inspect Arsenic and Lead contaminants found at the property occupied by the SEACO Asphalt Plant earlier this year.

Baddourah visited the neighborhood to answer any questions residents may have regarding the contaminates found, and the EPA's evaluation of the area. 

Councilman Baddourah said "I am confident that we are on the right track and things will begin to happen to make the area safe for all."

The Rosewood neighborhood was once home to a fertilizer plant at the turn of the century, prior to SEACO opening in 1949, and back in July DHEC tests showed high levels of Arsenic and Lead found in the soil. 


JULY 24: Arsenic, Lead Found at Columbia Asphalt Plant

JULY 24: Lead & Arsenic Contaminate Soil in Rosewood

JULY 25: DHEC Tests for Possible Soil Contamination

AUG. 3: EPA in Rosewood Testing for Lead & Arsenic

AUG. 18: DHEC: Residents Test Results in Normal Range

AUG.T 28: DHEC Holds Public Meeting to Discuss Lead Cleanup

The primary concern is not for groundwater consumption: DHEC's testing showed in July that no contaminates were detected in the Congaree River or Gills creek. Homes in the area are on the city water supply, rather than well-water.

The number one concern is the presence of Arsenic and Lead in the soil in the neighborhood, and may residents are worried about children playing in potentially contaminated soil or dirt.

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