Community meeting planned on Pelzer Mill disposal area property cleanup project

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As part of the Brownfields cleanup project in Pelzer, a community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Pelzer Community Building located in the Monkey Park.

The Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC) will conduct cleanup activities at the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas at Parker Street and Frost Street, in Pelzer. which have been identified as Brownfield properties. The properties are identified by Tax Map Numbers 2430101001(16.85-acres) and 2430106003(11.80-acres). Brownfields are identified as real property where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The property is now owned by the Pelzer Heritage Commission, which is also responsible for the cleanup project which is being conducted with Federal Brownfields cleanup grants. PHC received a United States Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Cleanup Grant in the amount of $400,000 for the cleanup of Disposal Areas in September 2015.

The cleanup work will be performed in accordance with one of the alternatives outlined in the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA). The purpose of the ABCA is to evaluate various cleanup/management alternatives for existing debris and contaminated surface and sub-surface soils.

Officials are in the process of preparing the draft ABCA and will present information and comments at the public meeting Nov. 3.

The ABCA is available for public comment beginning Thursday, November 3, 2016, and ending Friday, December 2, 2016.

A copy of the draft ABCA will be also available at the Pelzer Town Hall located at 103 Courtney Street, Pelzer, South Carolina, or by request from Mr. Larry Coker, Vice-President of the PHC, lcoker8@att.net, beginning Friday, November 4.

“Community input is an integral and meaningful part of this type of project, and public and community-based organizations are encouraged to review the draft ABCA and provide comments.,” said Gail Jeter with Cardno, Inc. who is instrumental in the project.

Interested community-based organizations are also encouraged to contact Larry Coker or Gail Rawls Jeter to provide comments.

Please contact or send any comments about the draft ABCA to the following:

Gail Rawls Jeter, Vice-President, Cardno, Inc, 1812 Lincoln Street, Suite 301, Columbia, South Carolina 29201or email Gail.Jeter@Cardno.com.

Or to: Larry Coker, Vice-President, Pelzer Heritage Commission, Post Office Box 627, Pelzer, South Carolina, 29669 or email Lcoker8@att.net or phone (864) 243-9120.