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Coast Guard responding to industrial oil spill in Georgetown

Coast Guard responding to industrial oil spill in Georgetown

From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:

The US Coast Guard is responding to an industrial oil spill on the Sampit River in Downtown Georgetown.

 "Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification of an unknown sheen at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday after the National Response Center relayed the report from a business along the Sampit River in Downtown Georgetown," USCG representative Marilyn Fajardo said in a press release.

 Officials say the Georgetown Coast Guard station launched a small boat crew to investigate and after arriving on-scene, determined the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill as the responsible party.

 "The ArcelorMittal Steel Mill is investigating the cause of the spill. HEPACO, an oil spill response organization, has been contracted to conduct clean-up operations," Fajardo said.

 Coast Guard Sector Charleston is assisting and will remain on-scene to verify safe and thorough cleanup operations.

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