Sewage spill posed no environmental risk

Kevin Boozer Staff Writer

September 22, 2013

JENKINSVILLE — A sewage spill detected Monday at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant did not interfere with operations nor put the environment at risk, according to DHEC and employees at SCANA.

Patrick Flynn, a communications officials with the V.C. Summer nuclear plant, confirmed that on Sept. 16 a sewage lift station was found overflowing on company property.

Flynn said the spill and surrounding area were quickly secured and cleaned.

“This particular issue is unrelated to our operating unit, which remains at 100 percent power,” Flynn said. “Although this was not operationally-related, the diligence we placed on this issue is a testament to our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public and environment.”

The overflow entered a nearby storm drain that discharges into Outfall 13. The estimated release volume is between 500 to 1,000 gallons.

“In this case, the spill was not very large (please note that it is estimated to have been between 500 and 1,000 gallons), and there is no indication of a significant impact on the environment,” said Jim Beasley, a spokesman for DHEC.

According to a report filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a pump failure is suspected to be the cause of the back-up and subsequent overflow.