MYRTLE BEACH — An electronics component maker is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that the company is fully responsible for contaminated groundwater near its Myrtle Beach manufacturing site.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Tuesday that AVX Corp. did not detail its appeal in court documents. No hearing dates have been set.
AVX had argued that the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base also contaminated the water and should be held at least partially responsible. But U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten decided the groundwater at the former military property did not flow toward the contaminated land, while water from the AVX plant did.
Wooten’s ruling means AVX must pay about $6 million to clean trichloroethylene, or TCE, from groundwater. The chemical was used as an industrial degreaser in the 1970s and ‘80s.