Environmental group ranks Horry County beach water among worst in country

An environmental action group says South Carolina's beach water is among the worst in the country.

The waters along the state's beaches are ranked 24th in quality out of 30, according to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

According to the report several beaches in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach had water quality that was below the EPA's thresh hold for safe beach water.

Following the release of the report, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued a statement refuting the statements in the report.

"We know our beaches are healthy and suitable for all visitors to the Myrtle Beach area. The testing of our ocean water by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is very important and helpful in ensuring the cleanliness of our beaches," Dean said. "On the other hand, the NRDC's alarmist approach exhibits inconsistent and unreliable tendencies, which leads to sensationalized findings. It is true that storm water runoff can occasionally boost test levels higher than normal, but it is for limited sites for a limited amount of time. The Grand Strand's beaches are clean, safe and here for the enjoyment of both our visitors and our residents."

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