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Wanted: S.C. plan for oil spill

May 20, 2010 2:25:00 PM - thestate.com

The S.C. Wildlife Federation wants to know how key government agencies will respond if oil washes into South Carolina waters from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a letter released Thursday, the federation asked the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Coast Guard if they have plans to react to the spill. Among other things, the federation asks if the agencies have enough people and equipment to respond.

“It is imperative that our national and state governments not only be prepared, but that you let our citizens know you are ready and what exactly your plans are,” according to the letter from federation chairman Clinch Heyward and director Ben Gregg.

It’s still unlikely oil will arrive here, though the disaster continues to defy expectations, said officials with the state Department of Natural Resources, Department of Health and Environmental Control and Emergency Management Division.