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Want to hear more about SC’s tainted water crisis? The State’s Fretwell goes on radio

Reporter Sammy Fretwell introduces “Tainted Water,” an investigation into SC’s small water systems

Sammy Fretwell has been a reporter at The State since the early 1990s. For the last year, Fretwell has tracked DHEC violations in small water systems across SC, discovering that hundreds of thousands of people don't have access to safe water.
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Sammy Fretwell has been a reporter at The State since the early 1990s. For the last year, Fretwell has tracked DHEC violations in small water systems across SC, discovering that hundreds of thousands of people don't have access to safe water.

The State’s longtime environmental reporter, Sammy Fretwell, appeared Thursday on Morning Edition with Lisa Worf on WFAE 90.7 FM, a public radio station in Charlotte, NC, to discuss the results of his investigation into the challenges facing South Carolina’s small water systems.

Fretwell’s research culminated in the ‘Tainted Water’ series, which was published by The State in March. The investigation uncovered that thousands of South Carolinians have been exposed to dangerous drinking water, and that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has been lax in penalizing water utilities for violations.

‘Tainted Water’ has attracted the attention of 2020 presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.

You can listen to Fretwell discuss the series with Worf here.

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