- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CLOVER, S.C. (AP) - Some York County residents are worried about possible contamination of private wells in rural York County caused by a mining operation from the 1940s.

The State newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/1x8kLrS) that a public meeting on possible contamination was held Tuesday night in Clover.

The federal government is trying to protect the wells from contaminated groundwater that leaked from the old Henry’s Knob kyanite mine. The mine opened in 1947 and has been closed for years.

Kyanite is a mineral used in porcelain and ceramic materials, such as spark plugs and tile. It can withstand high temperatures.

Officials say they’ve found elevated levels of manganese and cobalt in the groundwater.

Many of those at the meeting complained the government has not done enough to protect their well water and has failed to tell them about cleanup efforts.

Others complained about health problems they think stem from the pollution from the mine.

They also say the contamination has made it impossible to grow grass and has made it difficult to sell or refinance their homes.

“We want respect,” Georga Linkous-Long said. “We’re tired of being sick. We’re tired of not having a water source.”

Tuesday’s meeting by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency was intended to let the public know about the agency’s plan to protect well water for nearly three dozen homes surrounding the Henry’s Knob mine. The plan calls for putting $20,000 filters on private wells to remove contaminants that threaten drinking water. An international company that owns part of the property is paying for the work.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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