June 6, 2024

Rashad Williams, WYFF Greenville

SC public meeting to be held regarding contaminants in historic neighborhood

South Carolina DHEC is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church in Greenville to discuss a cleanup project plan proposal.

The project will target the Bramlett Road area in Greenville's Southernside/Newton neighborhoods, which is a historically Black area.

“In 1917, Bramlett Manufacturing Gas Plant was built in this neighborhood, and they spilled over time into the reedy river," Mountainview Baptist Church Senior Minister Rev. Stacey Mills said. "In 1988, an illegal dump or landfill was created by the Vaughn Construction company. They dumped right at 100,000 tons of garbage. The value and quality of life is severely compromised when you have a dump you’re not aware of in your backyard, and all of what could possibly emanate from that is a possibility to the lives of the people who have lived in this community. We’re really anxious to hear how this community can be made whole through this voluntary cleanup action.”

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