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November 12, 2009

Lake Hartwell PCB Settlement public meeting scheduled Nov. 17 in Anderson County

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service want your feedback about how to spend the remaining Lake Hartwell PCB settlement funds from the Schlumberger Technology Corporation.
A public meeting will be held Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. The public meeting on Nov. 17 will include a brief introduction to the Draft South Carolina Recreational Fishing Compensation Plan at 6:15 p.m. and at 7:15 p.m. Following the presentations the public can visit informational booths on each of the projects listed in the plan to get additional information or to ask project specific questions. Residents are also asked to provide input by taking an online survey, available through Dec. 6, 2009. Videos and a detailed report about the different settlement project options can be found online.
The remaining settlement funds must be spent on projects that compensate the public for losses of recreational fishing services that occurred as a result of the contamination. Funds must be used to create opportunities for the public to harvest fish that are not subject to fish consumption advisories, enhance the recreational fishery of Lake Hartwell, 12-Mile Creek and the surrounding area and implement projects designed to improve the habitat and natural resources.
The potential Lake Hartwell projects include:

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