EPA: $1M Needed to Stop Chester County, S.C., Landfill FireEPA: $1M Needed to Stop Chester County, S.C., Landfill Fire
May 3, 2015
A fire that’s been burning in a Chester County landfill for almost six months is releasing hazardous chemicals into the air, and the federal government will have to step in to stop it.
Monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency has recently uncovered high levels of benzine and formaldehyde coming from the Bennett Landfill across the Broad River from the Union County town of Lockhart, two chemicals that would cause health problems if residents are exposed to their fumes long-term.
A fire has been burning underground in the landfill since November, and smoke escaping from the blaze regularly spreads over the surrounding area.