Congaree Riverkeeper, Carolina Water Face off in Court

The Congaree Riverkeepr sues Carolina Water for discharge

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- A federal ruling could help end Carolina Water Service's pollution into the Saluda River.

The Congaree Riverkeeper and the wastewater treatment plant went before a judge, the latest in the ongoing battle to get the company to tie into the regional system under the Town of Lexington.

CWS argued in court that they have tried three times to tie in with the town of Lexington, and they said all of the attempts were denied.

"The Town won't offer a connection," CWS Attorney John Hoefer told Judge Margaret Seymour.

The Riverkeeper's Bill Stangler said the court should hold the company responsible for their obligation to interconnect since 1994.

"It's just another example of what Carolina Water Service has said for a decade and a half now," Stangler said.
"Blame anyone except themselves for the problems that they've had complying with the Clean Water Act."

Last year, hundreds spoke out against DHEC approving a new permit for the company. That stance was backed by a bi-partisan group of lawmakers a few days after.

DHEC denied CWS their permit earlier this year. The company is still operating under their 1994 permit.

The Judge did not issue a ruling Thursday, and Carolina Water did not offer comment.

The Congaree Riverkeeper said he hopes a ruling in the case will be made by the end of the year. 


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