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Raw sewage spills into pond near Darlington Raceway

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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Raw sewage has spilled into a pond near the Darlington Raceway, and emergency crews worked to mitigate the spillage Friday, according to the Darlington County Emergency Management Department

The department received a report of a sewage spill into a private pond on Race Track Road in Darlington, according to Director Mike McDonald. Raw sewage was spilled directly into the pond, he said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the privately-owned pond due to waste being improperly disposed of into the pond by a waste management company, according to a Facebook post from the Darlington County Sheriff's Office. Anywhere from 100 to 700 gallons was released.

The Darlington County Fire District responded quickly and began containment, the post states.

Per protocol, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified, McDonald said. DHEC responded and will remain onsite throughout the day to oversee the cleanup effort, the DCSO post states. DHEC will also be handling the investigation.

The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Darlington County Fire Department were on scene with property owners, and are taking preventative measures to mitigate the spillage, McDonald said.

Ricky Flowers with the Darlington County Fire Department said that this spill does not pose a threat to the public

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