(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued emergency regulation and opened an investigation into the illegal dumping of polychlorinated biphenyls into the sewer system.
The DHEC says that the issue is not a public health concern and that the water remains safe to drink.
Officials hope that by enacting this temporary regulation -- which lasts 90 days -- the polychlorinated biphenyls can be prevented from reaching the environment, especially waterways.
The regulation impacts water treatment facilities while also increasing testing of sludge to ensure that the problem does not continue to get worse.
The DHEC urges residents to report any suspicious activities near a manhole, sewage receiving facility or any location that could potentially deliver contaminants to a water treatment facility.
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