Atlantic Ocean

March 14, 2011

Myrtle Beach officials consider legal action over AVX pollution

Source: http://www.thesunnews.com, March 10, 2011
By: David Wren

Myrtle Beach officials say they are concerned that groundwater contamination from AVX Corp. might be more widespread than previously thought, and they are looking into whether legal action is warranted against the manufacturer.

“We want to know what liability they [AVX] have to the city and to the residents that live in that area,” Mayor John Rhodes said Wednesday. “We’re looking at the impact this has had on those residents’ welfare and the value of their property. Also, what impact the negative publicity will have on the city.”

Rhodes said more information will be gathered before the city makes any decisions. The City Council received a legal briefing on the issue during its meeting Tuesday. …

February 2, 2011

Reports of Strontium-90 Presence Prompt EPA Probe in N.C.

Source: http://www.insurancejournal.com, July 13, 2007
By: Estes Thompson

The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether cancer-causing radioactive material was buried in the 1980s near a rifle range at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the Marine Corps’ primary base on the Atlantic Ocean.

A recently recovered Navy document dated 1981 said the material included 160 pounds of soil and two animal carcasses laced with strontium-90, an isotope that causes cancer and leukemia.

“We are looking into this information to determine if we need to sample and where,” said Dawn Harris-Young, a spokeswoman for the EPA’s regional office in Atlanta. “It’s really early.”…