S.C. landfill to store dangerous chemicals

CATEECHEE - Some local residents are worried about a landfill's plan to store dangerous chemicals to be removed from a South Carolina river that feeds into Lake Hartwell.

The Greenville News reported Tuesday the 10-acre landfill will accept PCBs from contaminated sediment in the Twelve Mile River in Pickens County, near Cateechee.

Joe Ferguson with Schlumberger Technology Corp. says next month hydraulic dredges will begin pumping 450,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment to the disposal site.

About 400,000 pounds of PCBs were released from a former capacitor manufacturing site between 1955 and 1977. Schlumberger now owns the site. Some local residents are objecting. But Ferguson says the site exceeds state safety standards.

- The Associated Press