DHEC hosting public forum on ThermalKem cleanup plans Tuesday

Posted August 25, 2014 1:00 am | Filed under Local News

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will host a public forum Tuesday night on its plans for cleaning up soil and water contamination at the former ThermalKem site off Vernsdale Road south of Rock Hill.

The plant opened in 1966 as a site for disposing of hazardous materials and later closed in 1999.

In the 15 years since ThermalKem’s closure, DHEC has identified a series of 11 areas of concern involving several chemicals known to cause cancer.

DHEC has conducted a feasibility study on the site, and developed a list of six possible options for soil remediation and another three options for handling groundwater contamination.

Tuesday’s public hearing starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the campus of South Pointe High School.