Coast Guard responding to oil spill in Georgetown, S.C.

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. — The Coast Guard is responding to an oil sheen on the Sampit River in Downtown Georgetown, S.C.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston received notification of an unknown sheen at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday after the National Response Center relayed the report from a business along the Sampit River in Downtown Georgetown.

Coast Guard Station Georgetown launched a small boat crew to investigate the situation and, after arriving on-scene, determined the ArcelorMittal Steel Mill as the responsible party.

The ArcelorMittal Steel Mill is investigating the cause of the spill.

HEPACO, an oil spill response organization, has been contracted to conduct clean-up operations.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston will remain on-scene to verify safe and thorough cleanup operations.

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