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AVX withdraws pollution permit

AVX Corp. on Friday withdrew its application for a permit that would have allowed the company to emit hazardous air pollutants at its Myrtle Beach headquarters, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The withdrawal follows fierce opposition to the application by politicians and residents living near the 17th Avenue South manufacturing facility.

An AVX official could not immediately be reached for comment.

Among the pollutants AVX wanted to emit was toluene, an industrial solvent that has been linked to brain and central nervous system damage.

Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution stating the city's opposition to the application. About 50 people who live near AVX attended a meeting last week to protest the application.

The emissions were to be part of a new manufacturing process AVX had planned.

AVX, one of Horry County's largest non-government employers, makes electronic components for cellular telephones, televisions and other products.

See Saturday's edition of The Sun News for more information.