The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, will hold a public meeting next week to give an update on the plan to clean up and remediate the Admiral Home Appliances superfund site in Williston.
The meeting will be held in Williston on Monday at City Hall located at 13112 Main St. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
The superfund site is located southeast of Williston on County Road 65 in Barnwell County. The site is an area where various owners operated manufacturing facilities and is therefore considered a health risk by individuals and groups, such as the South Carolina Sierra Club.
According to the EPA website, the agency considers cleaning up the site a top priority and is addressing the site through the Superfund Alternative Approach because of contaminated ground water, sediment, soil and surface water resulting from waste-handling practices.
Water from the site empties into the Edisto River, according to the South Carolina Sierra Club.
“EPA, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the site's potentially responsible parties have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination,” officials wrote.
The Sierra Club is also encouraging local residents to attend the meeting. Member and activist Pamela Greenlaw said she also sees a need for the EPA to widen the scope of the meeting to other related remediation efforts.
“Sierra Club and community members want to know, not only about the contaminants, but also about the progress and effectiveness of remediation of areas of the site,” said Greenlaw. “The importance of community attendance at this meeting is to ensure there is accountability and transparency of information vital to their own needs for clean water.”
Derrek Asberry is the SRS beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the paper since June 2013.