COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 24, 2008) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin installing a new security boom across the Lower Saluda River near SCE&G’s Saluda Hydroelectric Plant tomorrow. The new restricted area is part of the department’s Buffer Zone Protection Plan designed to protect chemical facilities, dams and nuclear plants across the country.
“This will be yet another measure of protection for our facility,” said Ronnie Goebel, director of security of SCE&G. “The security boom will restrict access to about 500 yards of river that may have been popular with a handful of avid fisherman. While that’s unforutate, we agree with Homeland Secuirty that making our facilities safe and secure is paramount.”
Construction of the new boom is scheduled to be completed by Sunday. The Department of Natural Resources said the boom will be clearly marked with signs and buoys. “There will be no way that someone can 'accidentally' cross the barrier into the restricted area. Anyone who enters into the restricted area may be subject to arrest for trespassing.”
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 643,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 305,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.