Governing Law and Regulations
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control (EQC) Bureau of Water Water Facilities Permitting Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for proposed major actions that significantly affect the environment. Major federal actions may include permits required by the project from federal agencies and federal financing of nonfederal projects. The EIS requirement is the core of NEPA that includes the public in the federal agency decision-making process. See the national section ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT for more information.
South Carolina does not have a statute similar to NEPA. However, South Carolina does require preparation of an engineering report before any discharge of sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes into state waters. A preliminary report is also required before construction of a new outlet, or any other alteration of sewage, industrial waste, or other waste treatment works.
• Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Bureau of Water administers and enforces the state construction permit programs that require the preparation and submission of preliminary engineering reports.
PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING REPORTS
A preliminary engineering report (PER) is an informational document that is used by public agencies to ...