September 13, 2010 - Owens Corning officials told a group of concerned residents Monday night a chemical found underneath a creek will not affect the drinking water at their nearby homes.
In 1988, the fiberglass products company discovered soil and groundwater had been contaminated on their property at the site of an in-ground treatment pit that was designed to neutralize acidic waste water from the manufacturing processes. At some point, the contents of that pit leaked into the surrounding soils and migrated into underlying groundwater, according to the company.
Since then, the company has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to repeatedly monitor the water at and near the plant.
In 2009, investigators discovered contaminants moved a half mile off the plant's property about 300 to 500 feet underneath Betsy Creek, which is near dozens of homes.