Today’s findings

November 21, 2008 

DHEC has been criticized repeatedly by federal authorities for being slow to clean up contaminants from leaky underground fuel storage tanks.

Only eight other states have a worse record of cleaning up sites polluted by leaky tanks, which have caused 80 percent of the state’s groundwater contamination.

In a 2007 letter, DHEC told federal regulators it would ask state lawmakers for $8 million annually for the next five years to speed cleanups. DHEC actually asked for $278,000 on its budget priority list.

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service