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September 14, 2009

Dillon County boat ramp temporarily closed

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is overseeing an environmental cleanup project in Dillon County that will temporarily close a boat ramp.

A leak from an above ground gasoline storage tank at a convenience store adjacent to the bridge on Highway 301 North in Dillon County has been repaired, but the work to clean up the contamination from the leak will require the boat ramp at the Highway 301 North Bridge to be closed for approximately two weeks. The project is set to begin the week of September 14.

Cleanup of this site will include removing contaminated soil, installing a trench system to collect the gasoline floating on top of the water table, and periodic maintenance and removal of gasoline. Fencing will be placed around the cleanup area.

Access to the boat ramp will not be affected once the trench system is in place and operating.
There may be a stronger odor of gasoline in the area while the contaminated soil is being removed. Caution should be used with any open flame during the cleanup period. 

For more information about the site or cleanup, contact DHEC’s Region 4 Environmental Quality Control office in Florence at (843) 661-4825.

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