Following the release of the National Resources Defense Council’s annual water quality report, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:
 
“We know our beaches are healthy and suitable for all visitors to the Myrtle Beach area. The testing of our ocean water by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is very important and helpful in ensuring the cleanliness of our beaches. On the other hand, the NRDC’s alarmist approach exhibits inconsistent and unreliable tendencies, which leads to sensationalized findings. It is true that storm water runoff can occasionally boost test levels higher than normal, but it is for limited sites for a limited amount of time. The Grand Strand’s beaches are clean, safe and here for the enjoyment of both our visitors and our residents.”