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EPA cites Tega Cay utility for sewage spills

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it has cited the parent company of Tega Cay Water Service for dumping nearly a half-million gallons of raw sewage last year.

Tega Cay Water Service, which serves part of the town of Tega Cay, had at least 27 overflows that dumped 446,350 gallons of sewage in 2013, the EPA said. Much of it went into Lake Wylie.

The EPA violation orders Utilities Inc., parent company of Tega Cay Water Service, to follow the terms of a Feb. 3 order from South Carolina environmental regulators.

The federal agency has not fined the company.

30 days to find temporary fix

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control fined the company $136,000, the Fort Mill Times reported.

It gave the company 30 days to temporarily solve repeated spills into Lake Wylie and two years to do capital improvements.

DHEC and Tega Cay Water Service signed an agreement in 2011 after sewage spills and discharges with high levels of nutrients, the Times said.

Henderson: 704-358-5051; Twitter: @bhender
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