Clean up continues nearly a year after gas station leak

Charleston County News
Ravenel leak

Ravenel, SC – Clean up is still ongoing with DHEC oversight following oil spill nearly a year ago in Ravenel.

According to a spokesperson with the Department of Health, following the petroleum leak in August 2018, DHEC has required Circle K to perform abatement, assessment and cleanup activities. 

These activities have included vacuum events from recovery wells and product skimming from surface features. 

DHEC has requested Circle K to conduct assessment and a comprehensive groundwater sampling event to determine the effects of these activities, and they’ve also requested a meeting with Circle K to discuss future actions. A date hasn’t been confirmed for that meeting. 

 Circle K conducted sampling of all known residential wells within 2,500 feet of the gas station in August and October 2018. 

Petroleum contaminants were not detected in any of the residential water well samples, and the results were shared individually with each property owner.

At this time, no fines have been issued.

DHEC will continue to oversee Circle K’s efforts to clean up this release until until cleanup goals that are protective of public health and the environment are met, and work is no longer necessary, according to a DHEC spokesperson.

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