South Carolina


Oysters on an oyster reef.

Draft Supplement to the Koppers Restoration Plan Released for Public Comment

NOAA and natural resource trustees in the Koppers Co, Inc. Hazardous Waste Site in Charleston, South Carolina have released a Draft Supplement to the Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan released in June of 2017 (PDF, 14 pages).

Salt Marsh and Oyster Bed Restoration Projects Proposed for Hazardous Waste Site in Charleston, South Carolina

5/10/2019- The Department of Justice announced that a consent decree was lodged in the hazardous waste case of Exxon Mobil Former Fertilizer Plants. in Charleston, South Carolina.

Proposed site for hydrologic and habitat restoration on Long Branch Creek in Charleston, South Carolina

Marsh Restoration Proposed for Koppers Hazardous Waste Site in Charleston, South Carolina

November, 19, 2018 - Today the Department of Justice announced that a consent decree was lodged on November 9, 2018 in the hazardous waste case of Koppers Co., Inc. in Charleston, South Carolina.

As part of the proposed restoration for St. Louis River Interlake, non-native cattail, seen here, will be removed and replaced with native emergent wetland species such as the culturally important wild rice.

2017 Accomplishments Restoring our Nation's Coasts after Industrial Pollution

In 2017, multiple agreements were reached requiring companies to restore natural resources damaged by industrial pollution:

Case Pages:

View of saltmarsh on edge of water at Port of Baldwin Mines, South Carolina.

ExxonMobil Former Fertilizer Plants

Hazardous Waste Site | Charleston, SC | 1900-1943

What Happened?

In the early 1860’s, substantial outcroppings of phosphate rock were discovered in Charleston, SC, along the banks of the Ashley River and other areas of coastal South Carolina.

At that time, the environmental impacts of commercial fertilizers and superphosphates were largely unknown.

 Pre-Construction at Noisette Creek. This former Naval Base golf course abuts Noisette Creek, off the Cooper River in Charleston South Carolina.

Cooper River/ MV Everreach

On September 30, 2002, the container ship M/V Everreach spilled approximately 12,500 gallons of oil into the waters of the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina.

koppers site

Koppers Co, Inc.

The Koppers Site formerly housed wood treatment and fertilizer manufacturing facilities. These facilities released hazardous substances into wetland and river habitat in and near the Ashley River. The groundwater at the site was also contaminated, and impacted nearby wetland and river habitat.