More PCBs found at Upstate treatment plant

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

LYMAN, S.C. (AP) -- More hazardous PCBs have been found at a sewage treatment facility in the Upstate. 

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports (http://bit.ly/189XKHU ) that three grease traps at Lyman's treatment plant recently tested positive for polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. 

The chemicals were used for decades in a variety of industrial applications. PCBs were banned in 1979 after tests showed they could cause ailments including cancer. They are now found when decades-old facilities are cleaned out or demolished. 

State health officials have been investigating PCB dumping in the Upstate, where the hazardous chemicals have been found in a number of sewer treatment systems.  

In September, the Department of Health and Environmental Control issued an emergency regulation aimed at reducing the spread of materials containing PCBs.
 

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