MB manufacturer ordered to pay $6 million to clean up its act

The electronics component maker, AVX, is appealing a ruling that the company is fully responsible for contaminated groundwater near its Myrtle Beach facility.

AVX argued the former Myrtle Beach Air Force base also contaminated the water and should be held at least partially responsible. But a U.S. District Judge decided the groundwater at the former military property did not flow toward the contaminated land, while water from the AVX plant did.

AVX must pay about $6 million to clean trichloroethylene, or TCE, from groundwater.

The chemical was used as an industrial degreaser in the 1970s and 1980s.

No hearing dates have been set.