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DHEC considers denying C.E. Taylor permit request

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A sewage dump facility in Pelion may no longer be in operation since the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is considering denying its application for a renewed permit.

C.E. Taylor started operating in 1989 and its recent permit expired in September 2009, but was still in a review process. DHEC announced Wednesday that it proposes to not renew the company's permit because it cannot conclude that the facility's operations are not affecting the underground water quality.

Elevated nitrate levels in on-site monitoring wells were found when DHEC installed water filtration systems in four residential wells. Nitrate can cause health issues in humans, such as reducing oxygen in the blood, especially for infants drinking the contaminated water.

DHEC plans to gather more groundwater data at the site and by obtaining an outside expert to gather his or her own information to ensure accuracy in testing.

No draft permit decision has been made.

A public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Pelion High School. Anyone who wishes to comment in writing may do so by sending it to Brenda Green, DHEC/Water, 2600 Bull St., Columbia, S.C. 29201, or by email at greenba@dhec.sc.gov.

The public hearing comment session will close Nov. 15.

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