COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An outraged community is asking DHEC to step up and stop wastewater from going into the Lower Saluda River.
Hundreds of outraged citizens spoke out against the proposed permit for the Carolina Water Service's Interstate 20 facility, which sends wastewater into the river.
Opponent say CWS is not complying with the federal Clean Water Act and that a DHEC proposal for a new permit it too lenient.
Many people at Tuesday night's meeting spoke out demanding tough, new regulations that would require Carolina Water to connect to a sewer line.
"The people here have been informed, passionate, and committed to getting DHEC to do its job, which is to protect us, not Carolina Water Tribute," concerned citizen Jim Stiver said.
Opponents say local and state governments have failed to keep the river clean and have allowed wastewater to contaminate it for more than a decade.
Local environmental group Congaree River has brought a citizen suit against CWS to cease operations that discharge waste from its I-20 plant.