S Carolina, federal officials to revisit coal tar in river

July 05, 2018 - 1:43 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State and federal officials want a private utility to reconsider its decision to leave coal tar created when power was generated a century ago at the bottom of a South Carolina river.

The State newspaper reports the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers send a letter last month, saying South Carolina Electric & Gas was misleading about how to clean up the tar.

SCE&G said the Corps wouldn't issue a permit to dam part of the Congaree River near downtown Columbia and remove the tar. Instead, the utility suggested putting fabric secured with stones on the river bottom to keep the tar in place.

The letter indicates state and federal officials are not ready to say the fabric is the final solution.

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