Friday, August 15, 2014
A Summerville business has agreed it won’t resume operations, unless it’s willing to pay a $9,000 fine to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
CamTech Custom Paint and Fabrication, 818 Central Ave., and DHEC filed the agreement last week, the latest in a string of negotiations between the two that date back several years.
DHEC says CamTech violated federal and state air pollution laws through its sandblasting operations.
Neighbors had long complained that the dust generated by CamTech settled throughout the neighborhood and made it difficult to breathe.
The two had come to an agreement in 2012 for CamTech to pay $10,000 over the course of six equal payments.
At the time, owner Cameron Jurow said he was going to shut down his business because he couldn’t afford the fine.
According to last week’s agreement, he never paid any of the fine.
Now, CamTech has agreed to pay $1,000 to DHEC and to “confess” to the remaining $9,000 — meaning it won’t re-start operations unless it pays the $9,000 and obtains all necessary permits.
CamTech Custom Baggers, a separate business, remains in operation. Jurow couldn’t be reached for comment.