SC's High Court Considering Suit Over Water Contamination

8:01 AM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court is considering whether Myrtle Beach property owners have the right to sue electronics manufacturer AVX Corp. over groundwater pollution.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/1g83H1 ) that the justices heard arguments Thursday in a case involving pollution near, but not directly under the plaintiffs' properties.

A circuit judge earlier dismissed the claims, refusing to hear evidence that property values have dropped and residents were refused bank loans.

Attorney Gene Connell told the justices it is too early to dismiss the claims.

But AVX lawyer Evan Slavitt said property owners should not be allowed to sue simply because the stigma of nearby pollution hurt land values.

Groundwater nearby has been contaminated with a chemical known as TCE.

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