Two chemical barrels pulled from river

WESTMINSTER — Officials are trying to determine how two chemical barrels ended up in a river near the South Carolina-Georgia state line.

Media outlets reported that two drums were pulled from the Chauga River in Oconee County on Thursday.

County hazardous materials chief Bobby Williams says the two 35-gallon drums were carrying labels saying they contained sodium hydrosulfite.

Emergency management director Rodney Burdette says sodium hydrosulfite is used in some industrial dying processes, in water treatment, leather processing, cleaning, some food processing and printing.

Burdette says the river would have diluted any spilled chemical. Westminster officials are monitoring the water supply.

The drums were turned over to Phillips Recovery Company of West Pelzer for decontamination and disposal.