Is Denmark the Flint of the South? Bakari Sellers, others sue over poisonous water in Denmark
Denmark — There’s a new lawsuit over water rights being served.
According to WRDW News 12, there’s a very long history of water violations committed by the state of South Carolina against the residents of the western Bamberg County city of Denmark.
Some residents spoke to the Augusta, Ga. news station on and off camera.
“Sometimes when I wash it smells like sewage,” Denmark resident Pauline Brown told News 12’s Liz Owens, pointing to the years of dirty clothes.
“Yeah, it smells.”
Mrs. Brown said she needed to rinse her clothes again because the water is “bad”.
“There is something rotten Shakespeare said there is something rotten in Denmark,” said Dr. Mark Edwards, the man who exposed the poisoned water in Flint, Mich.
Dr. Edwards knew something was fishy when the town refused to allow him to test the water.
During a town hall meeting, the town and DHEC accused angry residents and Dr. Edwards of having slanted views.
One resident whose sibling worked for the city spoke to Ms. Owens.
“My brother worked for the city,” the resident told Ms. Owens.
“Oh he works for the city?” she asked.
“He did before retiring he was with water,” he told her.
“So you must know the mayor pretty well?” asked Ms. Owens.
“I know him quite well,” said the resident.
“You do?” asked Ms. Owens.
Dr. Edwards was a no-show after DHEC changed the agenda at the last minute.
Along with Mrs. Brown, Eugene Smith also met with WRDW over 12 months ago.
“We started working with DHEC and things were fine and then at some point they started colluding with the town to cover this up,” said Dr. Edwards.
He decided at that point to take a second look at the state’s water report. That’s when he saw something totally damning.
“I started doing some research and I had just never heard of a chemical like that being added to water,” said Dr. Edwards.
HaloSan is a chemical certified by NSF, the organization tests chemicals to determine health risks. It is unapproved and unauthorized and is not allowed for use by the federal government. Under HaloSan it warns: “Drinking water should be monitored to ensure the level does not exceed the recommended level.”
News 12 also got their hands on a report from seven years ago showing DHEC giving the city an unsatisfactory rating for now monitoring or maintaining records. DHEC wrote: “The current operators are unfamiliar with the function of HaloSan.” That was written sometime in 2014, long after Denmark started using HaloSan.
“This is the only utility in the united states to add this unproved chemical in their water for a decade,” says Dr. Edwards.
The City of Denmark is under a cease and desist order and is banned from using HaloSan.