MYRTLE BEACH — Electronics manufacturer AVX Corp. plans to demolish its Myrtle Beach manufacturing plant which state officials say will delay groundwater cleanup at the site.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports there will be no delay in cleaning groundwater in a 12-block neighborhood near the plant.

That area has been contaminated with an industrial degreaser. State officials do not consider the pollution dangerous because the ground water is not used for drinking water.

AVX has told the state it is consolidating chip manufacturing nearby and then will remove its old manufacturing building.

Carol Mink of the Department of Health and Environmental Control says removing the building will help with an environmental assessment of the site. She said DHEC did not want to delay cleaning the off-site area.