4th Upstate Sewage Treatment Facility Finds PCBs

6:53 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A fourth sewage treatment facility in the Upstate has detected hazardous PCBs.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used as dielectric and coolant fluids. Due to PCBs' environmental toxicity and classification as a persistent organic pollutant, PCB production was banned by the United States Congress in 1979. 

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported (http://bit.ly/16kX0i) officials are trying to determine if the chemicals found in the Inman wasterwater treatment facility are related to three earlier cases.

Inman wastewater manager Jeff Bailey says he notified the state Department of Health and Environmental Control two weeks ago that PCBs were found in septic sludge at the facility. Baily says the level was below the toxic level.

PCB contamination was found earlier this year in two Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District plants, as well as in Lyman and in Greenville-based Renewable Water Resource' Pelham plant.

Bailey says there has been no PCB contamination of drinking water.

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