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More Toxic Sediment Found at Superfund Site

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 09, 2013 in Uncategorized

This past summer, rains brought down sediment from the Twelve Mile River in Pickens County unearthing even more toxic sediment from the former Sangamo-Weston capacitor plant. Clean-up efforts for the original plant site have continued for approximately two decades, but after heavy rainfall in August more soil containing polychlorinated biphenyl was found.

The Environmental Protection Agency now refers to the plant as the Superfund site. The area is now owned by Schlumberger Technology Corporation who is responsible for the clean-up efforts. The corporation is in the process of removing the contaminated soil and storing it for testing. 

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been banned from the United States since 1972 as they have been tied to cancer. However, these toxic chemicals were dumped into a tributary in Town Creek, which flows into the Twelve Mile River, between 1955 and 1977. More than 40,000 cubic yards of soil have been removed from the site since clean-up began in 1994.

Schlumberger Technology Corporation is paying for excavation of 10,000 cubic yards of soil as scientists continue testing soil and finding that the levels of PCBs are not dissipating as quickly as they expected.

Contamination has plagued the area for half a century and will likely continue to do so in the future. Chemicals that are attached to the toxic sediment are ingested by fish in the area thus creating a long-standing fish-eating advisory on Lake Hartwell.

A 2012 EPA report deemed the river safe for boating, wading and sunbathing, however trace amounts of PCBs remain in the area.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness due to PCB exposure, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys at 1(888)821-0247 to determine what your legal rights are.

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