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DHEC does follow up inspection of Darlington ponds polluted with sewage

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The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has conducted a follow-up site visit of two ponds on Race Track Road in Darlington where 700 gallons of sewage spilled into the pond about two weeks ago, according to DHEC Public Information Officer Adrianna Bradley.

Bradley said DHEC was investigating if septic waste from porta potties were dumped into the ponds.

She released the following statement on the follow up inspections: "DHEC conducted a follow-up site visit on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. At that time, the visible discharge to the ground and pond water had been remediated to the Department's satisfaction. Samples were collected during the visit. Those sample results were returned on Wednesday, September 6 and showed bacteria levels in the water had returned to background levels. No further remediation is required at this time."

Bradley said background levels are simply defined as the level of bacteria that is naturally occurring in the environment.

DHEC said the responsible party or parties will be responsible for remediating the discharge.

DHEC is investigating if any enforcement actions should be taken against wastewater pumper or haulers in this situation.

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