South Carolina Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

South Carolina Pollution Control Act, South Carolina Code Annotated (S.C. Code Ann.) 48-1-10 to 48-1-350

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-9.122.44 to 61-9.122.50

Effluent limitations: R. 61-9.125.1 to 61-9.125.3 and R. 61-9.125.70 to 61-9.125.73

Toxic pollutants: R. 61-9.129.1

Water classification: R. 61-68

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): R. 61-9-122.26

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Office of Environmental Quality Control Bureau of Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In South Carolina, effluent limitations are contained in a facility's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. South Carolina has adopted federal effluent standards under the South Carolina Pollution Control Act. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section EFFLUENT LIMITATIONS.

In addition to technological limitations, effluent limits in South Carolina may be water-quality based, depending on the receiving stream.

Administration and enforcement. DHEC's Bureau of Water administers and enforces the NPDES permitting program in South Carolina, including the effluent limitations that apply to dischargers.

State Requirements


R. 61-9.125.1 to 61-9.125.3 and R. 61-9.125.70 to 61-9.125.73

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