Community meeting on mill property cleanup project

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Pelzer Mill disposal area

A community meeting was held last Thursday (Nov. 3) to provide information and get public input on a Brownfields cleanup project of the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas. The cleanup activities for this project will be conducted at the Pelzer Mill Disposal Areas which are located at Parker Street and Frost Street, in Pelzer. The properties are identified by Tax Map Numbers 2430101001(16.85-acres) and 2430106003(11.80-acres).

Officials presented information and comments on the draft ABCA at the public meeting held at the Pelzer Community Building located in the Monkey Park. Additional information on this project and others involving Pelzer Mill properties will be in the Nov. 9 print edition of The Journal.

The property is now owned by the Pelzer Heritage Commission (PHC). The organization 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 an 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.

The ABCA will be 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.

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.