COLUMBIA, S.C. – Congaree Riverkeeper (CRK) and Blue Granite Water Company (Blue Granite) announce the approval of a settlement agreement (Agreement) by the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina that resolves the parties’ years-long litigation over the I-20 wastewater system.
Although the parties each maintain the merits of their respective legal positions, CRK and Blue Granite have determined that the Agreement is desirable at this time to finally and completely resolve the case in the best interests of each party, Blue Granite’s customers, and the public.
“We are pleased to reach this Agreement with Blue Granite and believe it will help our efforts to improve water quality in the Saluda River for many years to come,” said the Congaree Riverkeeper, Bill Stangler.
In furtherance of future water resource monitoring and planning in the Midlands, CRK and Blue Granite have agreed that Blue Granite will donate to the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) the sum of $350,000.00 to be used for the following purposes:
- $250,000.00 to support water quality monitoring initiatives of the Midlands Rivers Coalition; and
- $100,000.00 to support the CMCOG’s revisions to, and implementation of, its 208 Water Quality Management Plan.
In addition, Blue Granite has agreed to pay the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) the sum of $385,000.00 for attorneys’ fees incurred by SELC, as well as $23,000 to the United States Treasury.
“Blue Granite seeks to provide local water and wastewater service that supports vibrant communities, and we believe the Agreement with CRK is an important step in supporting our customers and communities in the Midlands,” stated Michael Cartin, Blue Granite’s Director of External Affairs.
CRK and Blue Granite look forward to working together on future water quality management efforts, including Blue Granite’s current efforts to interconnect its Watergate Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Town of Lexington.
To learn more about CRK, visit www.congareeriverkeeper.org or Blue Granite, visit www.bluegranitewaterco.com.
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